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Setting the course for a sustainable blue planet

The EU wants to take an even more active role in international ocean governance (IOG) by: strengthening the IOG framework at global, regional and bilateral levels; realising ocean sustainability by 2030; making the ocean a safe and secure space responding to growing challenges to the rules-based multilateral order; building up international ocean knowledge for evidence-based decision-making to protect and sustainably manage the ocean.

 
The EU blue economy report 2022

The ocean is at the foundation of life in the planet and plays a vital role in safeguarding that some of our most basic needs are met. The Blue Economy comprises all activities that are linked to the water, the sea and the oceans.

 
Statement by Commissioner Sinkevičius on EU action on by-catch of dolphins and other marine animals

Today I have written to Fisheries and Environment Ministers of 22 European Union Member States about the issue of incidental catches of dolphins and other marine animals in EU waters, especially in the Bay of Biscay and the Celtic Sea,to urge them to collaborate in finding a solution for this situation. As the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, I am fully committed to resolve this problem.

 
Sustainable EU food system –new initiative

In the context of the ‘‘European Green Deal”, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive Farm to Fork Strategy, which recognises the strong links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet and aims to address comprehensively the challenges of sustainable food systems.

 

Press releases/news articles

Torre Guaceto: protecting the marine environment with the help of the local fishers

The commitment to halt and reverse the loss of marine biodiversity is a key EU priority, as underlined by the recent international ocean governance communication. One of the main EU tools to achieve that, is the creation and management of marine protected areas (MPAs), in line with its position to reach, in the context of the ongoing global negotiations, an ambitious Global Biodiversity Framework with 30% of the ocean being covered by MPAs by 2030.

 
SEASTAR brings digitisation underwater for sustainable aquaculture

The recently published communication on international ocean governance sets the path of EU ocean policies for years to come. Among the key policies, there’s a set of EU commitments to support the innovation, sustainability and competitiveness of the aquaculture sector.

 
Women in the Blue Economy (EMFAF-2022-PIA-WBE)

In March 2020, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy for 2020-2025”. The Communication presents policy objectives and actions to make significant progress by 2025 towards a gender-equal Europe and commits to further gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and EU funding programmes.

 
Sea Basin Strategies’ Assistance Mechanism

This call aims to conclude a service contract to continue providing technical assistance services for the implementation of the three EU sea basin strategies: Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea, Western Mediterranean.

 
Second Call for applications for dialogue with CPR partners

The Commission has launched a second call for applications with a view to extending the membership of the group and achieving an appropriate balance of the interests represented by selecting organisations operating in the field of activities related to youth, fisheries and migration/integration.