Brussels, 05 March 2002
EurOcean, a new European centre for information on marine science and technology, was opened by Portuguese and French officials in Lisbon on 28 February. The new centre aims to provide an impetus to creating a European marine policy and also to contribute to the development of a marine European research area.
The centre will be using the conclusions of the report 'Towards a new marine dimension for Europe through research and technological development', which was presented to the Research Council in June 2000, as some of its goals. The Council took place during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU, and the Portuguese Research Minister, Jose Mariano Gago, was present at the opening of EurOcean. The initiative to establish the centre came from the Portuguese government, supported by France, during the year of the ocean in 1998.
Specifically, EurOcean plans to facilitate cooperation between European organisations involved in marine science and technology, to compile information on new trends in marine research and technology and to implement an operational online system to identify sources of information.
The first project EurOcean has taken on is to establish an Internet portal for marine science and technology, which will provide information on areas related to marine research. In addition, an agreement has been reached whereby EurOcean will maintain the Intergovernmental oceanographic commission's regional portal for Europe.
For further information, please consult the following web address: http://www.eurocean.org