Study on costs, benefits and nature of an extended European Ocean Observing System

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These vision has been set out in a consultation by European Marine Board and European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) (European Marine Board and EuroGOOS, 2016).

The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) programme has a framework for ocean observation, which includes the definition of essential ocean variables (EOV).

The vision for a European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) is “a coordinating framework designed to align and integrate Europe’s ocean observing capacity in the long-term; to promote a systematic and collaborative approach to collecting sustained information on the state and variability of our seas; and to underpin sustainable management of the marine environment and its resources”. 


Innovative blue growth projects join European Maritime Day 2017

Blue Growth in Action: European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

European Maritime Day (EMD) is the key annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss and forge joint action. This year, the EMD 2017 conference and exhibition will take place from 18-19 May 2017 in Poole, in the UK, with up to 1000 participants expected.

15 innovative new blue growth projects funded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will be present at European Maritime Day this year - all of which are winners of the blue career, blue labs and blue technology calls. 

Three new blue technology projects to be launched

The European Commission has selected three new projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The new 'Blue technology' projects will help bring research results faster to the market. Grant agreements are being prepared for signature by April 2017.

Projects selected under the Blue technology call for proposals will develop joint roadmaps and bankable demonstration projects in the Atlantic and the North Sea in order to coordinate investments for innovation in a specific high potential blue growth technology, domain or value chain. The three new projects share a total budget of about €2 million.

More information will be published once the selected projects kick off their activities. Stay tuned!

European Commission about to fund 10 new blue growth projects

The European Commission has selected six 'blue career' and four 'blue labs' projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Grant agreements are being prepared for signature.

The new 'blue career' projects will work towards enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, while the 'blue labs' projects will focus on young researchers helping them to bring research results to the market.

Evaluation results of "Blue careers" and "Blue labs" calls

In total, 125 proposals have been evaluated. Given the high number of proposals received, the evaluation has been very competitive. It is expected at this stage to fund 10 proposals in total (6 for Blue Careers and 4 for Blue Labs).

The grant agreement preparation is now ongoing for the projects selected for funding. The list of the funded projects will be published on our website when all grant agreements will be signed (publication expected in February-March 2017).

All project coordinators of the "Blue careers" and "Blue labs" calls for proposals have now been informed of the evaluation results. 

Call for proposals - Nautical Routes for Europe

The deadline for submission for this call for proposals is 15 March 2017 at 16.00 (Brussels time).

Call for experts in blue economy

The objective of this call for expressions of interest is to set up a list of external experts to support evaluation and monitoring activities of actions implemented by EASME under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) (2014-2020).


New study on non-local labour in the EU fisheries sector

It includes an analysis of the employment of non-locals (both EU and non-EU labour) in the catching, processing and aquaculture sub-sectors across the twenty-three coastal Member States.

It also looks into trends of their employment between 2008 and 2013 and across a range of scales (EU-wide, Member State and NUTS 2).

The study contributes to expanding the existing evidence base by collecting and presenting primary data via focused case studies, stakeholder interviews and focus group discussions.

The study presents existing data on the extent and nature of non-local labour across the EU fisheries sector.

Consult the new database of projects funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Projects included in the database result from call for proposals published between 2014 and 2016 and cover various thematic from coast guards cooperation to sustainable tourism.

Are you interested in our activities in the maritime and fisheries field? Have a look at our new database!


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