Tamara Espiñera, Secretary General of Atlantic Cities tells us about the NETWORK & SHE 4 SEA

Tamara Espiñera, Secretary General of Atlantic Cities tells us about the NETWORK & SHE 4 SEA


I am Tamara Espineira the Secretary General of Atlantic Cities And I am here to talk about what excatly is this association for european cities, as well as a project dear to my heart which is She 4 Sea, “Elle pour la mer” Atlantic Cities, what is it ? It is an association created in 2000 by Edmond Hervé, who was the curent mayor of Rennes City He created it because the UE enlargment was about to start, during the next 2 years, and that the West will end up a little bit more on the Est, geohraphically and politically Therefore he asked other cities such as Cork or Lisboa to join a network in order to influence the UE What is your relashionship with the UE ? Atlantic Cities have 2 main goals : The 1st one is to deal with the public interest of the AC’s members which represent almost 8 million inhabitants, 300 municipalities among the European’s institutions (Commision, Parliament, European programs, Committee of the Regions, councels, states). And the 2nd objective is to create projects between the members of Atlantic Cities, either projects that are shared among the members for example the “mobility plan” that can by done by them all, or through a request for UE funds and differents source of funding. We can be partner’s project, or just accompagny it by giving advice on the application It does not mean we are working FOR the UE, we are working WITH it and it is a slight difference that matters a lot We are an reputed expert, among expert’s group of the European Commission or European programs or European Parliament We know where to find the funds, how to get them and how to spend them and this is not that easy. But we are not directly financed by the UE, we keep a form of autonomy that is essential in order to be able to tell the UE what do the cities of the Atlantic Arc wish for their citizenship She 4 Sea ? It is a project called She 4 Sea, “Elle pour la mer” The initiative was taken in 2016 because I end up in a meeting for a Europan project, and for the 1st time since 1998 I notice that there are only women around the table, we were talking about ways on how to encourage kids to go to the sea for tourism, professional career, as well as for sports And yes, it was the first time we were only women there was a man but he didn’t stay the all morning I also start remembering the campaign of Emma Watson, He for She and I start searching for a name (He for She, She for Ocean, Ocean and She) and I finally found She 4 Sea It is only this but at least I have an hashtag, so I can start in September, I realize that we must start with the people So we start interviewing a number of women who work in the martitime field from all work range The 1st one in a woman that upcycle marine waste into clothes So she is doing a lot of craft hobbies And we also interviewed marine officer, woman who work in the fishing industry So, today we are looking for any initiatives that is situated on the Atlantic Arc In order to see from where we are started and what are the real needs about She 4 Sea as well as the need for the women working in the maritime field And it will probably evolve to become a european project, a lobby industry, or both

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