The CEO participated in the Annual Meeting of the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) held in hybrid mode on 27th October. Representatives from corresponding network clusters in the EU and EEA also participated to discuss the current challenges facing the maritime communities in the respective regions as well as to discuss the finances of the pan-European organisation and a succession plan for outgoing President Arjen Uytendaal.

The MMF frequently claims that by the very nature of the maritime industry, its members operate globally rather than locally. Therefore, it came as no surprise to note that the major issues discussed at the ENMC Annual Meeting were Digitalisation and the challenges of Decarbonisation in the context of the European Green Deal and Fit for 55 Initiative. National representatives across the EU also lamented that the importance and contribution of the Maritime Industry is often underestimated in their countries.

Karin Grech
Author: Karin Grech