In 2013, Ocean Energy Europe published its Industry Vision Paper, which called for the creation of a stakeholder lead forum "which would steer progress at EU level and deliver a united strategy" for ocean energy.
On 20th January 2014, the European Commission produced a Communication on Ocean Energy which provided for the creation of the Ocean Energy Forum, which would bring "together stakeholders in a series of workshops in order to develop a shared understanding of the problems at hand and to collectively devise workable solutions".
The Communication aims to help the sector by developing a European Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap to find common solutions. This Strategic Roadmap will be delivered from 2014 to 2020.
The Draft Strategic Roadmap, published at Ocean Energy Europe’s Annual Conference in Dublin in October 2015, proposed 6 actions to facilitate the emergence of a market for ocean energy in Europe. These actions will be developed further, and Ocean Energy Europe is working with the European Commission and Member State representatives to assess their viability.
A final Ocean Energy Forum Roadmap will be published in November, when the industry meets for OEE2016 in Brussels.
For further information, visit the Ocean Energy Forum section of the European Commission's website.