Transports_AccessibilityThe “Ports towards accessibility and sustainable maritime transport in the Mediterranean” seminar will be organised on 13-14 April 2015 in Malaga (ES) by the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission as part of the COM&CAP MarInA-Med project (Med Programme 2007-2013), and in collaboration with the Junta of Andalucía, the University and the Port Authority of Malaga.

The aim of the seminar is to communicate and capitalise upon some results of the Med Maritime projects, while cross-fertilising them through the participation of a wide range of relevant external stakeholders and experts such as the European Commission and Parliament, port authorities, as well as universities and research centres, among others, so as to draw up concrete recommendations to the new Med Cooperation Programme.

During the first session, delegates will outline and discuss the key role and added value of ports for EU and Med economic development through freight transport, energy connections, maritime and coastal tourism, fisheries, and other sectors, following the contributions of the Med Maritime Projects SMARTPORT and CoRINThos.

On the other hand, the second session will put into perspective the environmental aspect of ports from the angle of pressures, air quality monitoring/tackling pollution and sustainable development towards the integrated concept of “smart ports”, following the contributions of the Med Maritime projects MedIAMER, MERMAID, POSEIDON, and CAIMANs.

Two side events will take place to enhance synergies with this capitalisation seminar. The working group of the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR on Transport and Integrated Maritime Policy will hold a meeting involving representatives of Mediterranean local and regional authorities to discuss accessibility issues in the Mediterranean territories. To this extent, an informative session—which all participants are welcome to attend—will also be held in order to raise awareness among the different stakeholders on the extent to which the improvement of accessibility in the whole Mediterranean basin could contribute to strengthening the impacts of multimodal and sustainable maritime transport in the socioeconomic development of the area.