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State of Progress of the BlueConnect European Cooperation Project
During 2017 and 2018, the CCINCA is working on a European project known as BlueConnect in partnership with Sardinia, Corsica, Tuscany, Liguria and Var.
Cruise & Ferry activities are the focus of the first working group of the Interreg BlueConnect Project, which met in Bastia on 7 November.
25 French and Italian experts were in attendance to highlight the requirements, priorities, actions and challenges expected in the years to come.
The Nice Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Port of Nice and its professionals made a very significant contribution towards setting out the Mediterranean maritime economic challenges, with the participation of the Chief Pilot of Nice and the Director of Corsica Ferries.
A number of events have been planned for the next few months:
- the Logistics working group: 15 November 2015 (La Spezia)
- the Pleasure Boat and Yachting working group: 28 November 2017 (Ferry Terminal, Port of Cannes)
The BlueConnect Project
A very brief description of this product can be found in an explanatory film on this website: http://www.observatoire-portuaire-fr-it.eu/.
The purpose of the BlueConnect Project is to list and map port activities in six cross-border territories (Alpes Maritimes, Var, Corsica, Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia) in order to identify development axes and facilitate access by certain VSBs and SMEs to sector markets. Three targets have been established:
- Pleasure Boats and Yachting
- Cruises and Ferries
- Maritime Logistics
The project capitalizes on the experience of the Nice-Côte d'Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Alpes Maritimes Port Observatory, and means that its borders and professional network can be extended outside the Département.
The Blue Connect Project is among the projects that have been funded by the 2014-2020 Interreg Italy-France (Maritime) Programme. It was selected following a call for projects that was responded to by a very large number of applicants. The project began on 1 February 2017, and lasts for 24 months.
The project brings together the principle actors in the local economies in the cooperation area: the Pôle Mer Méditerranée (Project Coordinator), the Nice Côte d'Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (which coordinates the Port Observatory for the six different areas), the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Var, Haute Corse and Sassari and the Port Authorities of La Spezia and Livorno.
Observatoire Portuaire des Alpes-Maritimes