The Westmed Maritime Clusters Alliance ROOM 2

8 June 2023

9.00 -12.30 CONFERENCE ROOM 2

9.00 Registration


Leonardo Manzari, Christain Chiavetta, WestMED Assistance Mechanism – National Hub for Italy

9.30 Welcome greetings

WestMED Initiative - Italian National Coordinators

Daniele Bosio, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Luca Palazzo, Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for Cohesion Policies (DPCoe)

9.35 Introduction

Manuel Pleguezuelo, European Commission - DG MARE (online)


Adriana Salazar Olivan, Union for the Mediterranean


Maltese National Coordinator, WestMED Initiative co-Presidency

Shaun Patrick Ebejer, Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (online)


Main Achievements of the WestMED Maritime Clusters Alliance and its members

EMFAF Calls open to the Southern Shore non-EU countries

Anja Detant, CINEA

Establishment of the Mauritanian Maritime Cluster

Hamadi BABA HAMADI, President Mauritanian Maritime Cluster

MEDBLEUE 2022 Tunis

Emna Sohlobji, Cluster Maritime Tunisien

The Hub Azul Dealroom

Ruben Eiras, Forum Oceano

The position/role of Clusters in the new European Blue Forum

Laurence Martin, Federazione del Mare, ENMC, Thanos Smanis WMAM

Approved projects

ForMare - EMFAF Maritime Clusters – CALLMEBLUE; ERASMUS+ - MARMED

Forum Oceano - COSME Euroclusters – MedBan

CTN BIG – COSME Euroclusters – IKAT

TVT & DLTM - COSME Euroclusters – LEVIATAD

MARE FVG - EMFAF Maritime Clusters – Green Marine MED

Strategis Cluster - ERASMUS+ - MAQUAM

SGD4MED – EMFAF Ports & Maritime Transport – POWER4MED

Federazione del Mare – EMFAF Women in Blue Economy – WINBIG

Pole Mer Méditerranée – COSME Euroclusters – ELBE Alliance (online)

Established cooperation agreements and synergies

Antonio Novo Guerrero, European Clusters Alliance

Axelle Salvage, ENMC

Walter Wassallo, Blue Marina Awards

11.30 Open discussions about further progresses on the main goals of the WM MCA

Thanos Smanis

• 15 mins > Cluster dialogue:

• 15 mins > Cluster up-scale South-South:

• 15 mins > Capacity building North-South:

• 15 mins > Investment attraction

12.30 Conclusion of the event 

Giovanni Caprino, Cluster BIG – Mario Mattioli, Federazione del Mare

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