SOCLIMPACT is a new Horizon 2020 project, which joined the portfolio of those working on decarbonisation. It aims at modelling downscaled climate change effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100. In the context of the EU Blue Economy sectors, it will assess corresponding decarbonisation and adaptation pathways. Furthermore, it will complement current available projections for Europe and nourish actual economic models with non-market assessment.
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 assembly solidly backs the opinion lead by the president of the Canary Islands Fernando Clavijo calling for a renewed strategy that brings jobs, economic development, social cohesion and equal opportunities to the outermost regions.
The EU’s outermost regions qualify for special treatment owing to structural difficulties, such as remoteness, difficult topography or economic dependence on a few products, which can severely hamper their development. Specific support mechanisms exist under cohesion, agricultural and fisheries policies, with the Commission outlining measures aimed at assisting outermost regions in its communications published in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Nevertheless, with the outermost regions continuing to face numerous challenges in areas such as mobility, unemployment and climate change, discussions were launched on the formulation of a new strategy, which was published in October 2017.
The EU is the first touristic destination in the world and Europe’s rich maritime heritage offers huge opportunities for further sustainable coastal tourism. New companies successful in the “Nautical Routes of Europe” call kicked of their projects today.
On 31 January and 1 February 2018, eleven opinions and two resolutions will be on the agenda of this plenary session. On the first day Mr Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission will give a speech. On the seconf day, Mr Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, will present the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
European aquaculture is a vital industry employing thousands of people and generating billions of euros in turnover. But there is scope for greater development.
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.