“You can’t have an economy if you don’t have a community”, says Jerry Lundy (IE/Fianna Fáil), who reviews the European Commissions’ Atlantic Strategy in the European Committee of the Regions.
The Atlantic strategy and its action plan identify the main areas for development for the blue economy – the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved lives and jobs while preserving the health of the marine and coastal ecosystem in the Atlantic member states: the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.
“You can’t have an economy if you don’t have a community”
Currently, communities along the coastline or on islands in the Atlantic are starting to drift towards major centres and cities.
There is also a tourism and energy angle to this story. The wild Atlantic way in Ireland, the world’s longest defined coastal touring route has on top of its scenery lots of wind, wave and sun power to offer.
With the ongoing Brexit negotiations it is also the perfect timing for the future remaining EU Atlantic Member States to prioritise closer cooperation and integration in different domains to overcome the gap that the loss of the UK will entail. The potential consequences for the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the UK exit especially in access to UK waters with a particular impact on the fishing sectors of neighbouring countries are in that regard particularly alarming.
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