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Secretariat General for the Sea 20 avenue de Ségur 75007 Paris T : 33 01 42 75 66 00 E : sgmer@pm.gouv.fr W : www.gouvernement.fr/secretariat-general-de-la-mer-sgmer France is a maritime and coastal State With more than 11 million square kilometres of seas, France has the second largest maritime area in the world, after the USA. The mainland is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. With its overseas departments and territories, France is also present in the North Atlantic, in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific as well. A few numbers to illustrate the French maritime sector: - 304.300 sea related jobs - 153.8 billion € of annual contribution - 1.074 French flag vessels The Secretariat General for the Sea Since 1995, the Secretariat General for the sea has been an inter-ministerial department of the Prime Minister Office. It was created to answer the deeply cross-sectoral dimension of maritime policy. The Secretariat General for the sea leads and coordinates the Government action in this field. It speeds decisions and ensures that strategic policies are effectively implemented. It is also in charge of monitoring legal texts and recommending adjustments if necessary. Each and every aspect related to maritime policy may be included into the Secretariat’s scope of activity: sovereignty as much as security and safety, as well as environmental preservation, or maritime economy, innovation and research … are concerned. Finally, a special responsibility is entrusted to the Secretariat General for the sea regarding the coordination of the State Action at sea (Action de l’Etat en mer). It leads and coordinates the action of the maritime prefect (préfets maritimes) for the mainland and the delegates of the Government for the overseas territories. The Secretariat General for the sea has also the duty to elaborate policy led in compliance with the coast guard Function. For this, it chairs the executive committee of the coast guard Function which gathers all administrations in charge. It is also the contact person for all coast guards authorities at an international level. CIMER The Secretariat general for the sea plans ahead the inter-ministerial committee for the sea (called CIMER in French) which gathers yearly all ministers dealing with maritime topics. The Secretariat General sets up the Committee’s discussions and oversees the execution of any decision taken. Chaired by the Prime Minister, the