The Voice for the Ocean campaign of Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) sets up a unique and innovative program to consult a large Ocean and coastal community via a specific on-line consultation and several awareness raising events in 5 European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Spain.

Surfrider Foundation Europe is a grassroots organization which brings together a network of thousands of passion-driven people who defend our ocean and coasts. Our ocean faces growing challenges from marine litter to climate change, affecting its health, resilience and the services it provides. SFE aims at being the voice of this community and, more broadly, of EU citizens who care about the Ocean and its protection.

2018 and 2019 will be crucial for our Ocean’s future, as several EU and International policy processes are expected to contribute to the achievement of important environmental objectives and a new European Parliament and Commission will be elected and appointed in 2019.

Early 2019, Surfrider will present publicly the results of the consultation to citizens and candidates to European elections, so make your voice heard now by taking part:

L’année 2019 sera cruciale pour l'avenir de l’océan. Avec Voice for the Ocean, les citoyens peuvent faire entendre leur voix afin que l’océan soit au cœur des programmes des candidats aux élections européennes.

La campagne Voice for the Ocean permet à chaque citoyen de s’informer sur les grandes problématiques de la protection de l’océan à l’aide d’outils pédagogiques adaptés à ses connaissances.

Au début de l'année 2019, Surfrider présentera les résultat de cette consultation. Il est encore temps de contribuer:

Few words from the MEPs

2018 marked some positive changes: the directive on single-use plastics is a milestone to combat marine litter and the Blue Economy continues to grow with an above average growth. The SEARICA Intergroup organised successful events throughout the year covering a wide variety of topics from green shipping, underwater noise, to the protection of biodiversity. The highlight was certainly an exhibition on plastic litter in the oceans in front of the European Parliament attracting several thousand visitors.

With the European elections coming up, 2019 will be an exciting year as well! Important decisions for the marine environment will be made. Horizon Europe, the research and innovation framework programme will succeed Horizon 2020 and we hope that sufficient financial resources will be allocated to fund marine research topics. Hence, Searica strongly supports the idea of a Mission: Healthy Ocean as part of Horizon Europe.

With the negotiations on Invest EU and the EMFF being in its final stages, we also hope that the Blue Economy will be considered in the Multiannual Financial Framework so that investment in new maritime markets, technologies and services such as ocean energy or marine biotechnology can be boosted.

Furthermore, as Special Envoy of the President of the European Parliament on Maritime Policy, Searica President Gesine Meißner could secure the funding for a high-level Ocean Conference at the European Parliament. The event is still in preparation and will take place in March or April.

For Searica the year will begin with a conference on Research and Development for the European Waterborne sector on the 24th of January. Another Conference on Banking on the Blue Economy will follow on the 30th of January.




What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.