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Blue growth

Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The 'blue' economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €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. Develop  sectors that have a high potential for sustainable jobs and growth, such as:

a. aquaculture (Fisheries website)

b. coastal tourism

c. marine biotechnology

d. ocean energy

e. seabed mining

2. Essential components to provide knowledge, legal certainty and security in the blue economy

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 tailor-made measures and to foster cooperation between countries

a. Adriatic and Ionian Seas

b. Arctic Ocean

c. Atlantic Ocean

d. Baltic Sea

e. Black Sea

f. Mediterranean Sea

g. North Sea

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  • 27/09/2016 - 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference: Commissioner Vella hands over awards for best Atlantic projects

    Commissioner Karmenu Vella participated today in the 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Dublin, following the successful editions in Porto and Brest last year. The Commissioner reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Atlantic. He expressed his appreciation for the progress made by the maritime stakeholders in the region. He also chaired the first edition of the "Atlantic project awards", rewarding the five most innovative and successful projects.

  • 13/09/2016 - First Blue Economy Business & Science Forum and awards

    The first Blue Economy Business & Science Forum is currently taking place at the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg (12 and 13 September 2016). This initiative by the European Commission aims at improving cooperation between the public and private sectors so that research results can find their way to the market more quickly.

  • 12/09/2016 - Sustainable blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region

    The Baltic Sea is a hotbed for innovation and competitiveness, the Baltic Sea Region also features a strong tradition of transnational cooperation for working with and for a healthy Baltic Sea. In order to harness these unique characteristics, the Commission is now taking the development of the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda one step further.