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Interview : Marek Grzybowski (3) questions for Arjen Uytendaal, President,  European Network of Maritime Clusters;

ENMC  – an efficient framework for maritime sectoral cooperation

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 Marek Grzybowski An exclusive interview for eBlue Economy

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The European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) is a cooperation between all the national maritime cluster associations and non-EU maritime clusters.
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Marek Grzybowski: ENMC has been operating on the market for over 15 years. What is the mission and objective of this organization?

Arjen Uytendaal: Since its foundation in 2005, the ENMC’s main mission is to establish an efficient framework for maritime sectoral cooperation, focused on vocalizing the unambiguous maritime interest to European policymakers towards a European maritime level playing field; a single European Maritime Cluster. The European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) is a cooperation between all the national maritime cluster associations.
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Marek Grzybowski: What activities were undertaken by European Clusters at that time?

Arjen Uytendaal: Our main activities are
  • Sharing informing and best practices among members,
Ensuring consistent economic maritime data is created and available, o.a. via the DGMare Blue Economy report.
  • Informing EU decisions makers about the strength and opportunities of the maritime cluster.
  • Organizing and participating in meetings and events to reach our objectives
  • Sharing policy documents and funding opportunities with our members
  • Organizing maritime stakeholders meetings in Brussel
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Marek Grzybowski: We live in a time of new threats. We operate in an economy of 4.0. What goals and activities do you see in future activities for European clusters?

Arjen Uytendaal: Key topics for the future activities for the European Network of maritime clusters
  • Cooperation with all European maritime stakeholders in Brussel.
  • Reaching out and setting up meetings with SEARICA and the members of the European Parliament.
  • Building on the internal ENMC network and cooperation on specific items such as digitalization and sustainable innovation.
  • Building on the relation with other non-EU clusters, like Ukraine and West Med.
The main working files are among others:
  • EU Taxonomy and delegated act, a classification system for green investments and lending
  • Offshore renewable energy strategy and maritime spatial planning
  • Horizon Europe, the agreement on innovation program for the European Union, with the zero-emission waterborne transport partnership.
  • Link with healthy Oceans program, Starfish and UN ‘decade of the ocean’

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