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Covid-19: European Commission approves €20 million Portuguese credit line scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sectors

The European Commission has approved a Portuguese scheme to support the Portuguese fishery and aquaculture sector, through the provision of loans worth up to €20 million at subsidised interest rates to small and medium-sized enterprises struggling with the Covid-19 Pandemic effects.

This credit line scheme will help these companies cover their immediate liquidity needs and continue their activities.

Further information is available here.

Portuguese stakeholders contribute to feed in the cooperation process in the western Mediterranean

Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese National Hub, promoted the WestMED Initiative National Event, on the 27 February, in Lisbon. The event, entitled “Journey for Interregional Cooperation between Atlantic and the Western Mediterranean”, counted on with the collaboration of DGPM and the Atlantic National Hub, gathering more than 35 Portuguese stakeholders.

The Journey aimed at promoting the presentation of Atlantic and Mediterranean Initiatives’ s programmes and ongoing projects and exploring potential synergies. The event comprised a plenary session and a set of parallel workshops organised according to the thematic areas: Green Shipping, Tourism, Aquaculture and Innovation Platform.

The parallel workshops had the objective of identifying the interests of the regional stakeholders with regards to themes, projects and partnerships that foster the cooperation process in the Western Mediterranean. The event was also of relevance to align perspectives and strategies between the Portuguese representatives.

Besides debating on the project proposals of each priority area, the Portuguese stakeholders identified news ideas, contributing to feeding in the discussion on themes that can be developed under WestMED Initiative.

Portugal National Hub gets regional stakeholders onboard

Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese National Hub, organised, in collaboration with the Regional Coordination and Development Commissions of Alentejo and Algarve, a series of meetings to bring together the regional stakeholders.

These sessions happened on the 11th of February in Évora (Alentejo) during the morning, and in Faro (Algarve) during the afternoon, counting on with the presence of more than 20 representatives from companies, research centres, educational institutions, associations and public administration.

The objective was to raise awareness on the WestMED’ s progress and implementation, to discuss ongoing proposals and new project ideas, to hear the stakeholders’ expectations, to invite other stakeholders to be part of the Initiative and to identify partnership opportunities.

The meetings were of relevance to set the basis of the National Event, that will take place on the 27th of February, in Lisbon (IPMA Headquarters). The event, promoted in collaboration with DGPM, National Authority, aims to endeavour the discussion and the knowledge exchange to improve the Portuguese participation on the WestMED Initiative, particularly, on the WestMED Hackathons, in Barcelona.

Portugal National Hub plans meetings with regional stakeholders

Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese National Hub, is organising, in collaboration with the Regional Coordination and Development Commissions of Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve, a series of meetings to bring together the regional stakeholders.

These sessions will happen during February and aim to raise awareness on the WestMED’ s progress and implementation, to discuss ongoing proposals and new project ideas, to hear the stakeholders’ expectations, to invite other stakeholders to be part of the Initiative and to identify partnership opportunities.

The meetings will of relevance to set the basis of the National Event, that will take place on the 27th of February, in Lisbon (IPMA Headquarters). The event, promoted in collaboration with DGPM, National Authority, aims to endeavour the discussion and the knowledge exchange to improve the Portuguese participation on the WestMED Initiative.

Both Roadshows and National Event are important initiatives to organise the participation of Portuguese representatives in the WestMED Hackathons and the “2020 UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference”.

WestMED Initiative represented at Business2Sea event

The 9th edition of Business2Sea, organised by Fórum Oceano, the WestMED Portuguese National Hub, in collaboration with CETMAR Foundation, took place between the 11th and 13th of November 2019, at Alfandega Porto Congress Centre, in Oporto.

logo Business2Sea with information

This year, the event was dedicated to the main theme “Healthy Oceans and the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources”, under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goal 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

The WestMED Initiative was represented at the event with an exhibition booth, receiving the visit of the Portuguese Minister of Sea, Ricardo Serrão Santos, on the 12th of November. The event gathered around 700 participants and it was a great opportunity to get in contact with the Atlantic National Hub to schedule a joint session focused on the presentation of both initiatives. This session should happen in January 2020.

During the Business2Sea event, the Portuguese National Hub also took the chance to meet the new president of Lisbon Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR LVT), Teresa Almeida, in order to organise a meeting in Lisbon, gathering the regional stakeholders.

Further details on Business2Sea are available at www.business2sea.org

WestMED at Business2Sea event

Fórum Oceano, the WestMED Portuguese National Hub, organises since 2011 the Business2Sea event aiming to promote the development of projects and business in the different sectors of the Sea Economy. The event gathers stakeholders from various fields, namely representatives of companies and business associations, universities, research centres, public administration and others, and it comprises four main components, as follows:

  • Conferences, seminars and thematic workshops to discuss different maritime issues;
  • International Business Meetings (B2B meetings);
  • Pitching Sessions, usually called “Curtas do Mar”;
  • An exhibition area to showcase technologies, products or services.

Besides, the event counts also on moments for networking, tasting of seafood and other interactive experiences.

The 9th edition of Business2Sea will take place between the 11th and 13th of November 2019, at Alfandega Porto Congress Centre, in Oporto.

This year, the event is being organised by Fórum Oceano in collaboration with CETMAR Foundation (www.cetmar.org), from Galicia, Spain, and it is dedicated to the main theme “Healthy Oceans and the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources”, under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goal 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

The event is composed of a programme of conferences, seminars and workshops, an exhibition of technology and maritime services and products, a matchmaking programme, and a pitching sessions’ programme, called “Curtas do Mar”. Business2Sea will also host the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference and the Interreg Atlantic Area Annual Event.

The WestMED Initiative will be represented at Fórum Oceano’ s booth, where the National Hub will display the WestMED’ s pull-up and distribute the leaflet. In case you want to know more about the WestMED Initiative, please visit the Fórum Oceano’ s booth at Arquivo Hall.

Further details, programme and registration are available at www.business2sea.org.

Initiative WestMED at ‘Feira do Mar’ event

Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese National Hub, presented the Initiative WestMED during the event ‘Feira do Mar’, that took place in Sines, Alentejo, Portugal, from the 12 to the 14 July 2019.

The presentation occurred in the framework of a Conference focused on Maritime Commerce: From Sines (Portugal) to the World, with the presence of Portuguese stakeholders, namely representatives of Associations, Port Authorities, the National Maritime Authority, Public Administration, Companies, Universities and R&D Centres.

Fórum Oceano aimed at explaining the Initiative’ s goals and implementation, giving some information about the activities held and the next steps. This presentation had the support of Sines Tecnopolo, regional stakeholder that is involved in WestMED.

Besides the presentation, the Initiative WestMED was also represented at the exhibition area, at the Fórum Oceano’ s booth.

Commissioner Karmenu Vella visits WestMED Initiative’ s booth at the European Maritime Day

The WestMED Initiative was represented at the European Maritime Day 2019, on 16 and 17 May 2019, in Lisbon. Fórum Oceano, which is the WestMED Portuguese National Hub, assured the presence of the Initiative at the exhibition area. After the opening ceremony session, held on 16 May, the Commissioner Karmenu Vella visited the WestMED’ s booth, exchanging some encouraging words with Frederico Ferreira, Fórum Oceano.

The European Maritime Day (EMD) it a two-day annual event that DG MARE organises since 2008. In 2019, the EMD took place at the Lisbon Congress Centre, on 16 and 17 May 2019. It was co-organised by the European Commission (DG MARE), the Ministry of the Sea (Directorate General for Maritime Policy) and the Lisbon City Council, in collaboration with Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese Maritime Cluster, which was the entity responsible for organising the exhibition area.

According to DGMARE: “with 1500 registered participants, EMD 2019 has broken all previous records, including for the biggest ever exhibition, with 105 exhibitors.” The focus of the 2019 edition was blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. The event comprised workshops, breakout sessions, B2B meetings, pitches and an exhibition area (EMD EXPO).

The EMD in numbers:

  1. 1500 registered participants, from 53 countries
  2. More than 150 speakers
  3. 8 breakout sessions organised by the European Commission
  4. 28 workshops organised by blue economy stakeholders
  5. 21 pitch presentations
  6. More than 140 B2B meetings have been scheduled
  7. 105 exhibitors