News from Europe

16 October 2018

Statement by European maritime sector on Brexit negotiations

The members of the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) have unanimously agreed, during the annual meeting held in Malta, to release the following statement on the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union;

“The European maritime community supports Maritime UK’s ambition for a mutually beneficial deal between the UK and EU.

“At this critical stage in the negotiations we need calm heads and a sharp focus on delivering the sensible, mutually-beneficial deal both sides of the channel rely upon. We need to be able to provide certainty and stability to our businesses as soon as possible.

“The deal must minimise disruption at our ports and to the complex pan-European supply chains we’ve built together.

“People are often lost in this debate. Be it seafarers or others working in our maritime sector – the most global of industries – the deal must enable our people to be able to work, live and move across Europe.”

ENMC members:

  • Cluster Maritime Français
  • Cluster Maritime Luxembourgeois asbl
  • Clúster Marítimo Español
  • Federazione del Mare
  • Finish Maritime Cluster
  • Flanders’ Maritime Cluster, Belgium
  • Irish Maritime Development Office
  • Malta Maritime Forum
  • Maritime Development Center, Denmark
  • Maritime Hellas
  • Maritime UK
  • Maritimes Cluster Nord-deutschland E.v.
  • Maritimt Forum Norway
  • Nederland Maritiem Land
  • Varna Maritime, Bulgaria
  • Zachodniopomorski Klaster Morski



The European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) was founded in 2005 as a platform for the maritime cluster organisations of EU member states and equivalent organisations. Since then, the ENMC has developed beyond a network for the exchange of information, and best practices into the linking pin between EU member states, interest groups in EU maritime affairs, and the European Commission. Our main goal is to promote collaboration, and to express an European maritime narrative. w: