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Blue Growth - the EU’s integrated Maritime Strategy

In 2011 the Commission adopted a Communication on Blue Growth showing how Europe's coasts, seas and oceans have the potential to be a major source of new jobs and growth , thus contributing to the Europe 2020 Strategy. It recognizes that seas, oceans and coastal areas are drivers for the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth.

Blue Growth offers new and innovative ways to help steer the EU's economy and ways to tackle the scarcity and vulnerability of strategic resources while offering a wealth of technological, industrial and recreational opportunities while maintaining environmental integrity on land and sea.

Through research and innovation, Europe can unlock the potential of the blue economy and create jobs (up to 1.5 million by 2020, notably in coastal areas). In line with President Juncker’s Agenda for Europe - the Blue Economy is accountable for 4.5 million jobs and 5 % of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product.

The report Sustainable Blue economy productive seas and oceans  PDF icon 1.0 MB demonstrates how results of recent research and innovation projects funded by the European Union contribute to four areas of policy challenges related to the EU’s Blue Economy.

Oceans have no barriers and thus they are a unique tool for engaging with neighbour countries and support science diplomacy. Europe is a world leader in key marine technologies for strategic sectors like deep sea, transport, observing systems or new materials. Additionally, Europe can leverage on a strong policy framework on research and innovation

To unlock this potential, there is an unprecedented opportunity to:

  1. promote marine innovation by de-risking investments and facilitating demonstration, scaling up the commercialisation of new technologies, products and services;
  2. catalyse sea basin integration with Member States by aligning strategic research agendas and funding streams;
  3. engage with stakeholders and innovators to valorise and preserve coasts, seas and oceans.


The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA)

On 24 May 2013, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Commissioner Maria Damanaki, on behalf of the European Union, together with high level representatives from United Stated of America and Canada signed the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation to launch a Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA)

In addition to the North Atlantic Research Alliance established (AORA), the European Commission has taken significant steps together with countries bordering the South Atlantic for moving towards an All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance by developing a South Atlantic Flagship Initiative.

Commissioner Carlos Moedas hosted A New Era of Blue Enlightenment, a high-level ministerial and scientific event on 12-14 July in Lisbon, Portugal. This event launched the European Union – Brazil – South Africa Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation, aiming to better understand and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the interrelations between oceans and climate change, oceans and food, and oceans and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected Circulation Systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.

On 13 July, Commissioner Carlos Moedas co-signed the Belém Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation with Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa and Minister Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, Brazil.

  • Statement: EN  PDF icon 836 KB | PT  PDF icon 184 KB


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