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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.

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.


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