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Conference "Blue Invest – EU Support to Maritime Regions"

The Conference "Blue Invest – EU Support to Maritime Regions" took place in Brussels on 22 September 2015. It was organized by the European Commission in collaboration with the CPMR. With the participation of over 170 representatives of EU coastal regions, blue growth stakeholders, EU institutions and the press, the conference highlighted financing opportunities in support of local maritime projects.

Increased investment in the blue economy will support economic, social and territorial cohesion and help bring jobs and growth to maritime regions. Many maritime regions are already using Smart Specialization Strategies to identify EU funding priorities including Blue Growth.

Several speakers presented examples of how the ESIF, Horizon 2020, and other EU funds can work together with the EIB and the private sector to provide investment for jobs and growth in the blue economy. Participants also shared examples of successful EU-funded projects in different sectors such as renewable energy, aquaculture, biotechnology, and skills and qualifications.

The Commission encouraged the member states and the coastal regions to make best use of available funding instruments, including EU funds, to give the blue economy a boost.

In his closing speech, DG MARE Director General Mr Aguiar Machado expressed the need to better communicate and coordinate with other Commission departments to ensure that member states take this opportunity and that all EU funds contribute to the development of the blue economy. The Commission will promote and encourage the organisation of seminars to promote the exchange of good practice and innovative ideas for the future.

Agenda pdf - 352 KB [352 KB] All available translations.

List of participants pdf - 583 KB [583 KB]

S3 Blue Growth pdf - 146 KB [146 KB] All available translations.

Video from the event

OPENING SESSION

Moderator: Eleni MARIANOU, CPMR Secretary General

MARITIME INVESTMENTS AND SKILLS AS A CROSS-CUTTING PRIORITY

This session focused on blue growth as a cross-cutting priority in smart-specialization strategies and operational programmes for the 2014-2020 programming period, on the basis of analysis developed so far by the European Commission and the CPMR, and of examples of regional strategies covering a wide range of maritime topics. The development of skills and qualifications as a key priority for the development of the blue economy will in particular be highlighted.

Moderator: Colin WOLFE, Head of Unit, Competence Centre, Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO

TAPPING INTO BLUE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES: MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND MARITIME INDUSTRIES

This session focused on regional strategies and initiatives supported by the ERDF , in the areas of maritime renewable energies, including synergies with other maritime industrial sectors such as shipbuilding.

Moderator: Alain ALEXIS, Head of Unit, Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime Industries, DG GROW.  

BOOSTING BLUE GROWTH: MARINE LIVING RESOURCES

The reformed CFP has led to new opportunities to add value to seafood products. This session will focus on regional strategies and initiatives supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and other ESIFs to generate growth and jobs in aquaculture and biotechnology.

Moderator: Matthew King, Head of unit, DG MARE  

CONCLUSIONS  

 

Call for proposals in the field of Blue Economy

Call for proposals "Projects in the context of the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Black Sea and/or Mediterranean Sea regions"

 

 

 

 

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