Conference on EU maritime policy in Prague today

Today’s international conference and workshop entitled Maritime Clusters in Landlocked Countries was attended by Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg, representatives of the Czech Presidency and businessmen.

The conference primarily addressed the question how landlocked EU countries can contribute as subcontractors to the innovative development of the maritime industry in Europe. Concrete examples from maritime engineering and logistics show that initiatives in the maritime sector in landlocked countries have potential and could be very successful. The opportunities offered by the maritime industry are far from limited to coastal regions. Examples in Austria and Luxembourg as well as the activities of Czech engineering companies show that there is also a potential for developing compact networkss of maritime subcontractors in countries without a coastline.

The participants also discussed the situation of the European maritime industry and the need for its innovation. The debate confirmed that in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the maritime industry in Europe, more activity in research and innovation is needed, as well as close cooperation between the public and private sectors. Innovation elements of the European industry comprise IT and Hi-Tech projects (radar facilities, port logistics), gas liquification and its special treatment or highly developed port regulatory systems.

Today’s conference hosted more than 100 participants from the private and public sectors of the EU Member States. The Czech Presidency was represented by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Erik Geuss and Director of the European Policies Coordination Department Karolína Kottová. The participants also included Director General in charge of industrial policy at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Walter Ressing and Niko Wijnolst from the Dutch Maritime Network.


  • Michaela Jelínková, Spokeswoman of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs
  • Tel.: +420 224 002 796, GSM: +420 724 258 939, E-mail:

Last update: 16.8.2011 15:29

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