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Study to support impact assessment for options to reduce the level of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear

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Press Release: AGRIFISH Council: Ministers to discuss sustainable fishing opportunities, improved enforcement of fisheries rules and the proposal for the future EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund

The meeting of European agriculture and fisheries ministers on Monday 18 May will address a number of important issues for the EU maritime and fisheries policy.

Press Release: Ocean energy – A new source of green, blue power

On 14 June, European Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries Karmenu Vella inaugurated the world’s first large assembling plant for tidal turbines and devices, built by Naval Energies in Cherbourg, France. Tidal energy is a form of hydropower, or ocean energy, whereby turbines convert the kinetic energy of the tides into electricity.

Press release: Black Sea countries pledge closer maritime cooperation as European Maritime Day 2018 kicks off in Burgas, Bulgaria

Commissioner Karmenu Vella is in Burgas, Bulgaria welcoming more than 1000 participants from the maritime sector for the 2018 edition of the European Maritime Day. For the first time since its conception, the European Maritime Day takes place in the Black Sea region.

Press Release: New proposal will tackle marine litter and “ghost fishing”

The European Commission has tabled an important legal proposal to tackle marine litter. By introducing new measures on single use plastics as well as derelict fishing gear, the proposal will contribute to Europe’s transition towards a Circular Economy.

Press Release: Blue Invest – EU plays business matchmaker for start-ups in the blue economy

Hundreds of innovative entrepreneurs and leading investors from across Europe are coming to Brussels today, looking for partners to create sustainable economic growth from our seas and oceans. Why? Because the European Commission is organising Blue Invest, the first-ever, EU-wide matchmaking event between start-ups and investors in the blue economy.

Press Release: World Ocean Summit: Sustainable Finance Principles launched to guide investments in the maritime economy

At the World Ocean Summit taking place in Mexico, the Commission launched in partnership with the European Investment Bank, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and WWF the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.

26th Meeting of the Maritime Policy Member State Experts Group (20 March 2018)

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EU Atlantic Action Plan: 6 billion euro of investments and counting

The EU’s 2013-2020 Atlantic Action Plan has spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments so far, according to an independent consultant tasked by the EU to take stock of the initiative at mid-term. Most of the projects target environmental protection and innovation, as well as improved connectivity and social inclusion.

Agenda: 3rd EMODnet Technical Working Meeting (20 – 21 March 2018)

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Event: Workshop on MSP in Small Sea Spaces (Portorož, Slovenia, 15-16 March 2018)

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).

Press release: EU investments needed to unlock Arctic region’s economic development

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.

Event: European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) Conference ( Brussels 21-23 November 2018)

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.

Press Release: Western Mediterranean countries strengthen co-operation to promote Blue Economy in the region

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.

Press Release: EU welcomes progress on legal instruments to protect biodiversity in high seas

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.

UPDATED – Agenda: 8th EMODnet Steering Committee Meeting (13 -15 September 2017)

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