Atlantic Area 2021-2027

Blue events happening in October: creating synergies for the Atlantic stakeholders

A series of events linked to the blue economy will happen in October 2023 in Porto. The aim is to gather the projects, potential partners, Interreg and mainstream funding programmes, managing authorities, the European Commission, and other interested parties in one single place to promote cooperation in practice, the exchange of knowledge, and the creation of synergies among the Atlantic stakeholders.

The Interreg Atlantic Area, together with DG Regio, DG Mare, the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism, and Interact, is organising for the first time a joint event that aims to foster and explore the potential synergies between the funding programmes and the Atlantic strategy operating in the area. Find here what will happen on the 18 and 19 October 2023 at the Porto Leixões Cruise Terminal, Portugal. Please note that you must register for each event individually, using the respective link.



09:00-13:00 | Interreg Atlantic Area Annual Event

Once again, our community meets to learn about the existing funding opportunities and funded projects of the Interreg Atlantic Area. After the approval of the first projects, partners and potential partners have the opportunity to dive deeper into the topics of the programme and continue to work to build strong partnerships and put new ideas into practice. The highlight goes to the participation of a member of the Group of High-Level Specialists on the Future of Cohesion Policy, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, as the keynote speaker and to the Secretary of State of the Sea of Portugal, José Maria Costa.

Draft agenda  | Link to registration

Organiser: Interreg Atlantic Area Programme

14:00-17:30 | Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (day 1)

The Conference will, as in previous years, provide all stakeholders of the Atlantic Community the opportunity to review the progress and achievements made so far regarding Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 objectives and blue economy challenges in the Atlantic Sea Basin. This year’s conference will provide the opportunity to assemble traditional stakeholders and new ones from different geographies to discuss future cooperation on the blue economy, investment, innovation and sustainability.  

Draft agenda | Link to registration 

Organisers: Atlantic Assistance Mechanism for the Action Plan



09:00-15:00 | Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (day 2)

Continuation of day 1

Atlantic Project Awards

13:30-15:00 | Joint Meeting of Managing Authorities of ERDF and Interreg Programmes in the Atlantic Sea Basin

This meeting is designed to support funding programme work towards the shared goals outlined in the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan. It will offer an overview of embedding, primarly focusing on facilitating an open exchange about establishing stronger connections among individual initiatives and projects in the Atlantic region. The meeting will explore the benefits for the EU programmes when coordinating efforts, and practical options for collaboration in the region.

Participation by invitation only.

Co-organisers: DG Regio, DG Mare, Interreg Atlantic Area, Atlantic Assistance Mechanism and Interact.

15:00-18:00 | Blue Synergies: Maximising Funding Impact in the Atlantic Sea Basin

This event will bring together Atlantic stakeholders, managing authorities, the business community, and project owners, aiming to foster collaboration and explore the potential synergies between the funding programmes and the Atlantic Strategy operating in this area. Building on specific regional project examples and the opportunities provided by the Strategy, the participants will exchange on how to design and deliver joint initiatives and build the needed processes for a sustainable blue economy in the Atlantic Area.

Draft agenda | Link to registration

Co-organisers: DG Regio, DG Mare, Interreg Atlantic Area, Atlantic Assistance Mechanism and Interact.