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“Maritime Transport and Future Policies - Perspectives from the North Sea Region”

The MTC Policy Paper “Maritime Transport and Future Policies - Perspectives from the North Sea Region” is a compilation of results generated by the North Sea Region Programme project Maritime Transport Cluster in 2011/12. It comprises an analysis of all transport related projects within this programme, maritime transport research and the results of a consultation with the maritime industry in the North Sea Region.

In short, this paper offers a holistic perception and represents a common voice for stakeholders of the Interreg IV B North Sea Region Programme on maritime transport, enriched by the challenges, opportunities and experiences of the maritime industry.

The intention of this paper is to provide a coordinated and comprehensive picture of the hot topics for maritime transport in the North Sea Region and to present concrete recommendations for the Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the countries in the North Sea Region (EU Member States and Norway). In this way the paper is intended to act as an inspiration and to contribute to discussions on future EU cohesion and transport policy developments, thereby providing a common North Sea Region voice on these issues.

Ten main themes were identified and they bring together a wide range of important and sometimes differing perspectives from within the sector. Namely these themes are:

  1. A Leading Maritime Region
  2. Efficient Transport
  3. Smart Solutions
  4. Combining the Modes
  5. Infrastructure – the Solid Base
  6. Planning the North Sea Region
  7. Green Maritime Transport
  8. Research and Knowledge Management
  9. Working in the Transport Sector
  10. Maritime Business Perspectives  

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The Development Process of the MTC Policy Paper

 

 

The MTC Policy Paper reflects the final results of three work packages (WP) which build on one another and formed the development process of the paper. Below you will find more details about the development process and the three steps which finally formed this paper.

 

1st Step – WP 3: Insights from the NSRP Projects, Relevant EU Funding Programmes and Transport Research

The analysis was conducted at project level encompassed with insights from relevant EU funding programmes and transport research across the NSR.

All active 14 maritime related projects in the North Sea Region Programme (Interreg IV B) were included in the analyses on project level.

By analysing the maritime transport sector from research, programme and project perspectives, it was aimed to create a comprehensive basis that will link Interreg projects with maritime industry trends and developments (WP 4) as well as with on-going transport policy developments in the EU (WP 5).

The WP 3 report summarises insights and results concerning the three areas of investigation:

  • Consultation of the NSRP-projects related to maritime transport and its hinterland,
  • analysis of relevant EU funding programmes related to maritime transport and its hinterland and
  • analysis of relevant transport research related to maritime transport and its hinterland

 

DOWNLOAD of the WP 3 Report:
“Developing a common picture of maritime transport and its hinterland in the North Sea Region - Insights from the NSRP projects, relevant EU funding programmes and transport research”

 

2nd Step – WP 4: The Market Derived Perspectives - Insights from the Maritime Business Sector

The objective of WP 4 was to gather and consolidate the experiences, expectations and knowledge out of the maritime business sector within the North Sea Region. The focus points were to identify:

  • Main concerns regarding market development,
  • hot topics the maritime business sector is dealing with,
  • current maritime transport research gaps and future needs to encounter them and
  • specific suggestions concerning future priorities in terms of maritime transport policy within/for the North Sea Region Programme.

The analyses undertaken covered the landside and seaside perspective.

The results of the process are summarised in the WP4 report, which integrates the findings (market derived perspectives) and future market needs into the WP 3 results. Furthermore this report delivers the necessary input to WP 5 for further discussions with sector organisations which lead to the development of a policy advice.

 

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“Developing a common picture of maritime transport and its hinterland in the North Sea Region - The market derived perspectives (Insights from the maritime business sector)”

 

3rd Step – WP 5:  The MTC Policy Paper “Maritime Transport and Future Policies - Perspectives from the North Sea Region”

Main task in WP 5 was to bridge the results and outcomes from the activities undertaken in WP 3 and WP 4 and link them up to on-going policy developments within the EU. By doing so EU policy papers on transport and cohesion policy have been taken into account (e.g. White Paper, Europe 2020 strategy, CEF, Annual MoS review, ERDF regulation, NSR 2020, etc.). The process targeted additionally to draw concrete recommendations for the Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the countries in the North Sea Region (EU Member States and Norway), basing on the activities and findings achieved before. The first draft of the MTC policy Paper has been discussed with sector organisations at national and European levels like ESPO, ECSA and EUROPLATFORMS as well.

The whole process from WP 3 to WP 5 leads into the final MTC Policy Paper “Maritime Transport and Future Policies - Perspectives from the North Sea Region”. 
The MTC Policy Paper therefore comprises an analysis of all transport related projects within the Interreg IV B North Sea Region Programme, maritime transport research and the results of a consultation with the maritime industry in the North Sea Region. In short it offers a holistic perception and represents a common voice for stakeholders of the Interreg IV B North Sea Region Programme on maritime transport.

In this way the paper is intended to act as an inspiration and to contribute to discussions on future EU cohesion and transport policy developments, thereby providing a common North Sea Region voice on these issues.

 

DOWNLOAD of the MTC POLICY PAPER:
“Maritime Transport and Future Policies - Perspectives from the North Sea Region”

 

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