Maritime Industry



COFFERATI Sergio Gaetano

I was born in 1948 in Sesto ed Uniti (Cremona – Italy). In 1969, while working in Pirelli, I began my activity as a trade unionist within CGIL, the largest Italian trade union. In 1988 I became the Secretary General of FILCEA, the Federation of CGIL representing the workers in the chemistry sector. In 1994 I was elected Secretary General of CGIL. Eight years later I end my mandate as secretary general and restarted working in Pirelli. In 2004 I became Mayor of Bologna. In 2009 I was elected as a Member of the European Parliament with more than 200,000 preferences and re-elected in 2014. I am currently a Member of the Legal Affair and Internal Market Committees and of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and other similar measures.

I have been dealing with maritime industry issues for long time, in Italy and at European level as a Member of the Coordination Group for the strategy of the European Union for the shipbuilding sector, "LeaderSHIP2020". I also promoted the creation of an informal Working Group on shipbuilding in the European Parliament during the last term.

As vice-president of the Intergroup, I will be dealing  mostly with issues relating to maritime industry. The long-term competitiveness of the maritime industry, with its important direct impact on employment and economic development, should be adequately supported by the European Union. Diversification, including in ship repairing and dismantling and in the field of renewable energy sources and innovation will have to play a major role in this process. I will make sure that the Intergroup will continue to emphasise the importance of this sector, focusing in particular on the implementation of the LeaderShip2020 Report and supporting the development of a greener and safer fleet.

Meeting "Growth opportunities for maritime industries - Crosscutting perspectives about shipbuilding, marine renewable energies and oil &gas"

 Conference "Creating a European Skills Council for the Maritime Technology Sector" 

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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.