Developing the blue economy in the Black Sea was the theme of a high-level conference held on 15 September in Batumi (Georgia). Under the title "Connecting the region through marine and maritime cooperation", this 4th annual stakeholder event was co-organised by the European Commission, the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection.
Is EU action still necessary to stimulate Blue Growth in the Atlantic Ocean? The European Commission invites stakeholders to provide their input to this and other questions to support its mid-term review of the Atlantic action plan.
The new forum's role will be to identify measures to open up markets for emerging products, to explore further research needs, or to point to areas where seed funding is required. The forum will deliver a pipeline of medium to long term projects aiming to grow the EU's blue bioeconomy sector.