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".
Read Ocean Energy Europe's press release on the launch here.
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 through a two steps process from 2014 to 2020:
1) 2014 to 2016: creation of the Ocean Energy Forum (OEF) under the leadership of DG MARE. The role of this Forum is to gather the sector’s stakeholders “in a series of workshops in order to develop a shared understanding of the problems at hand and to collectively devise workable solutions”.
2) 2017 to 2020: a European Industrial Initiative for Ocean Energy could be established as a follow-up to the OEF to implement the Strategic Roadmap. Included in the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), this public-private partnership “could be an effective means of sharing risk and leveraging private investment ”.
For further information, visit the Ocean Energy Forum section of the European Commission's website.