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.
Agenda items include energy & climate and environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.
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.