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10-07-2009. The Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Dr. Diego López Garrido, accompanied by the External Affairs Commissioner of the Canary Island Regional Government, Mrs. Elsa Casas, visited the ICCM .

They were welcomed at the ICCM (Instituto Canario de Ciencias Marinas) facilities by the General Director of the Canary Islands Agency of Research, Innovation and Society of the Information (ACIISI), Dr. Juan Ruiz Alzola, where the respective responsible people presented the most relevant scientific and technical initiatives that are being developed in the Canary Islands.

The people that gave the presentation were: Dr. Francisco Sánchez Martínez, on behalf of the IAC (Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), Dr. Marisol Izquierdo López from the ICCM (Canary Islands Institute of Marine Science, Instituto Canario de Ciencias Marinas), Dr. Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo from the ITC (Canary Islands Technological Institute) and Dr. Octavio Llinás González from PLOCAN (Canary Islands Oceanic Platform). The later added a general view of the Marine/ Maritime conglomerate that is being assembled in the Taliarte harbour environment, showing the coincidences with the European strategies in this field and the importance of its impulse to take advantage of the opportunities that start to appear within this framework.