Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. It recognises that seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth. It is the Integrated Maritime Policy's contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The 'blue' economy represents 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under €500 billion a year. However, further growth is possible in a number of areas which are highlighted within the strategy.
The strategy consists of three components:
1. specific integrated maritime policy measures
a. marine knowledge to improve access to information about the sea;
b. maritime spatial planning to ensure an efficient and sustainable management of activities at sea;
c. integrated maritime surveillance to give authorities a better picture of what is happening at sea.
2. sea basin strategies to ensure the most appropriate mix of measures to promote sustainable growth that take into account local
climatic, oceanographic, economic, cultural and social factors;
b. Arctic Ocean
d. Baltic Sea
e. Black Sea
g. North Sea
3. targeted approach towards specific activities:
a. aquaculture (Fisheries website)
d. ocean energy
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New brochure published.
EU strategy promoting coastal and maritime tourism
Speech by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the High Level Conference on Coastal and Maritime Tourism in Athens
Commission supports Maritime and Coastal Tourism and assists SMEs to access markets in Greece
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