DIVERSIFICATION

04/02/2015 to 05/02/2015

FLIP partners met in Saint Brieuc on 4th and 5th February to discuss the options available to Ports like Saint Brieuc Le Legue and the experiences of the other French and UK partners gained through their recent studies and events.  Opening the conference Ramon Van Barnveld, representing DG Maritime Affairs & Fisheries from the European Commission spoke of the importance of Blue Growth and the European Strategy for the Atlantic Area.  The conference was opened by Michel Bremont, Vice-Président, Conseil général des Côtes d'Armor who welcomed the FLIP partners to Saint Brieuc and exchange views on the opportunities to further development and diversify the local maritime economy.  The first session focused on the Adaptation and long term perspectives for port infrastructures. Speakers included Louis Laurent Dupont from Marseille and the Association of Ports – Towns who presented the innovative findings of a recent study on the strategic options for the future development of medium and large sized port towns in France.  Louis was followed by a UK speaker from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s infrastructure development division, Adam Littlejohn who spoke about an academic investigative study into the nature of the United Kingdom’s Maritime asset.  He spoke about changing government policies, the need for a clear national plan in next 50 to 100 years, redressing investment backlogs, making policy makers better understand the investment lag and benefits from investments. In particular Adam made the case for port stakeholders better articulating their needs and the contribution they make economically to the local economy.  The FLIP project is presently carrying out two economic impact studies on either side of the Channel in order to formulate a series of recommendations for the final event.