This year, three calls for proposals are open under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to foster blue growth across Europe. The European Commission organised a Launch Event on 5 April 2016 to present those calls.
The event has been opened by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, followed by Gesine Meissner, Member of the European parliament and keynote speakers from DG MARE and DG Research and Innovation as co-authors of the Communication on Innovation in the Blue economy.
With a budget of over 7,5M€, the calls 'Blue careers', 'Blue labs' and 'Blue technology' will respectively help enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, stimulating the creativity of young researchers and set-up cooperations that will help bring research results to the market in promising blue growth technology areas.
The calls will be open to all sea basins surrounding the EU coasts and will target a wide range of stakeholders of the blue economy
The launch of these three calls represents a concrete step to implement the "Communication from the Commission: Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth ".