The European Union has very close connections with
the sea - its 27 Member States have shores on two oceans
and four seas and their jurisdictional waters stretch
from sub-tropical waters to areas approaching the North
With the growing importance of maritime affairs on
the political agenda of Member States, a new political
geography has been created.
Supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science,
Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero and Juan Carlos Rodríguez Mateos
have developed an Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans
to record this new geography in maps and graphs.
In addition to territory-related issues, the Atlas includes
a summary of all the main marine uses and activities from
a European perspective.
The Commission has published an English version of the Atlas
with the kind permission of the authors and in line with the
strategy proposed in An Integrated Maritime Policy for
European Union (The Blue Book) (October 2007).
To download a copy of the Atlas - Click