Though the Mediterranean Sea is bordered by over 20 countries, a large part of it lies outside national jurisdictions. Cooperation is therefore essential to
In the Mediterranean region, the integrated maritime policy is designed to improve cooperation and governance while also encouraging sustainable growth. It encompasses the following
Western Mediterranean: Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy
Ten countries of the western Mediterranean region are working together on the shared interests for the region: five EU countries (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta), and five southern partner countries (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia). It followed up on the Ministerial Declaration on Blue Economy endorsed by the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) on 17 November 2015. It has 3 main goals
More information is available on the Westmed web site
The EU works with its southern and eastern neighbours through its European neighbourhood policy (ENP).
The Union for the Mediterranean promotes economic integration across 15 neighbours to the EU’s south in North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans region.
EU-funded marine and maritime projects fall into a variety of policy areas. Examples are
European Atlas of the Seas
European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)
In the EU, 20% of fishing gear is lost at sea. Abandoned, lost or disposed of, it accounts for about a third of marine litter found in European seas, or over 11.000 tons per year.
The EU's maritime transport industry strives to reduce its impact on the environment with innovative solutions like battery-operated vessels, wind-powered ships and carbon-neutral shipping. The industry sets new environmental goals — but can it deliver?
Saturday 19/9 is World Cleanup Day. To raise awareness about the challenge of marine litter and encourage citizens worldwide to take action, the European Commission and the European External Action Service is organising the third edition of the #EUBeachCleanup campaign. In 2019, the campaign mobilised over 40,000 volunteers at events in nearly 80 countries.