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Press Release: When you look out over the ocean what do you see? If the answer is new sources of food security, new medical breakthroughs, clean blue energy, then we want to hear from you.
The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission is organising a two-day workshop on 15-16 March 2018 in Portorož, Slovenia. Participants will discuss how to apply maritime spatial planning (MSP) in small sea spaces. Specific challenges emerge in small sea areas, whether they fall under national competence or they are part of a multi-scale, nested approach. Both cases present real challenges: high concentration of uses, intense land-sea interactions, limited availability of free space and the need for transboundary cooperation (among countries and among regions within a country).
The forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are.
A new report by the Arctic Stakeholder Forum, an initiative set up by the EU gathering public authorities and civil society, calls to strengthen EU investments in the world’s northernmost region. Most pressing needs identified are digital infrastructure such as broadband coverage, as well as better transport connections.
The EOOS Conference will bring together the full breadth of ocean observing stakeholder communities from the scientific community, public authorities to industry and citizens to (i) present the wide variety of European efforts from existing observing/monitoring activities to gap analyses, identification of requirements, stress testing the system and assessing cost-benefits; (ii) align data acquisition activities with data processing, management, and sharing infrastructures and initiatives; and to (iii) discuss and strengthen the development of a coordinating ‘cycle’ for evolving EOOS.
The Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries gathered in Naples (Italy), on 30 November 2017, in an Informal Ministerial Meeting endorsed and launched the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean – a goal-oriented series of joint actions to make the common sea space safer, cleaner and more productive.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, is participating in the first EU-China Blue Industry Cooperation Forum in Shenzhen City, China.
European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, welcomes the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution that sets modalities to negotiate a legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), better known as the high seas.
The next stop for the European Maritime Day cruise is on 31st of May and 1st of June 2018 in sunny Burgas at the Black Sea.
“Check out the indicative programme of EMD 2018 in Burgas (31 May & 1 June), submit your proposals for a stakeholder workshop (deadline 30 November 2017), pitch your impact-oriented activities, ideas and solutions at our pitch stage in the networking village or apply to participate in the “Blue Bubbles”, a session dedicated to young ocean activists and leaders. Interested in linking your own maritime event to EMD? Apply to register it as an EMD in My Country event!”.
The Commission has assembled a pipeline of projects that could deliver innovative new services and products to contribute to growth in the blue economy, with benefits to society. DG Mare asked for a preliminary and independent assessment of possible options for providing the finance that would allow this to happen.
The newest pillar in the EU’s renewable energy agenda was celebrated on 8 November at the University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow. Investment in further blue skills developments, such as preservation of tourist attractions and marine cultural heritage were discussed. As well as celebrating the technological advances, the stakeholders looked at ways to guarantee that development is socially inclusive and sustainable development.
Reporting period: September 2016 – September 2017
The European Commission announced on Wednesday 25 October the 2018 Call for Proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. The 2018 budget is expected to reach EUR 2.7 billion, an increase of over EUR 200 million compared to 2017.
With a coastline 7 times as long as the United States’ and 4 times as long as Russia’s, the EU’s maritime regions are home to almost half the EU’s population and account for almost half its GDP. Fisheries and the maritime economy are drivers for jobs and growth in Europe’s coastal communities.
A new “Sustainable blue economy call” with a total budget exceeding €14 million will be published under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund by the end of October 2017.
The European Commission is delighted to announce that all 50 SEA LIFE aquariums and their charity partner SEA LIFE Trust have joined our “World Aquariums Against Marine litter”, bringing the total number to 150.