March's month in brief brings you the latest stories from the European upstream sector. The lead story this month includes Ireland's award of 14 licenses to companies including BP Eni ExxonMobil and Statoil in the first phase of the 2015 Atlantic Margin licensing round. In other key events Shell has signed a contract for exploration of the deepwater Silistar licence in Bulgaria committing to US$20 million in exploration work and Rockhopper Exploration was not awarded a production licence for the Ombrina Mare project in Italy. The report includes the 'Continental & Med. Europe Upstream Data Dashboard' which provides a snapshot of the latest data on licensing drilling discoveries development corporate and M&A activity.