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In May 2014 the European Commission adopted the Baltic Sea agenda for sustainable growth. It focuses on:
- Boosting innovation and sustainability;
- Developing skills and qualifications, cluster development;
- Using existing cooperation structures and multisectoral dialogue
- Targeting maritime projects for access to finance
The Commission is ready to facilitate the implementation of the Baltic Sea agenda through a maritime stakeholder platform. In cooperation with stakeholders it will organise a series of workshops dedicated to Blue Growth and funding opportunities in the Baltic Sea region. More information will follow.
- A Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region [422 KB] All available translations. (Commission staff working document adopted on 16 May 2014).
- Press release: Delivering a Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region
Harnessing Europe's maritime potential
Other sources of information
Baltic section on the Maritime Forum
- Background information
- Workshop or working group documents
- European Atlas of the Seas
A summit for the Mediterranean
Commissioner Karmenu Vella was invited to deliver a speech at the “Mediterranean Leadership Summit” organized by the Economist in Malta on 28 and 29 April 2016. The conference comes at a time when the countries of the Mediterranean Sea are called upon to share their vision for stability, growth and competitiveness in the region.
Commissioner Vella launches #MedFish4Ever campaign
Many Mediterranean fish stocks are in a worrying state, with alarming consequences for income and jobs in the Mediterranean fishing sector. To highlight the need for action, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Karmenu Vella, yesterday launched the campaign #MedFish4Ever. More than 80 representatives from EU institutions, European regions, business, and NGOs gathered at the European Commission stand at the Seafood Global Expo in Brussels for the launch event.
Brussels: Governments discuss the future of the Mediterranean at Seafood Expo
Concerned with the steep decline of fish stocks in the Mediterranean, on 27 April Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella hosted a high level Ministerial meeting with fisheries ministers from countries bordering the Mediterranean. Nineteen out of twenty-two riparian countries were represented, as well as GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean), FAO and MEDAC (Mediterranean Advisory Council).