Maritime safety in the Mediterranean will improve in the coming years, thanks to a new project called OCEAN2020. The initiative is funded by the European Union and implemented by the European Defence Agency. The project, which will be funded by a grant totalling €35 million, will be led by helicopter manufacturer Leonardo, which will co-ordinate a consortium composed of 42 partners from 15 European countries.
“OCEAN2020 will make it possible to promote technological research in a sector of great interest and relevance for Europe and for the Mediterranean area in particular, such as maritime safety,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. “Our team has established itself in a competitive environment thanks to a technologically innovative proposal of great strategic value. This is the culmination of an intense and effective collaboration among all 42 partners of the consortium, and I would like to thank each participant for their important contributions.”
The signing of the agreement took place at the European Commission in the presence of the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elzbieta Bienkowska, and Leonardo’s CEO, Alessandro Profumo.