As we approach the end of this financial period and debate the shape of the next one, here is an overview of what is being done with the share of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund that is not divided up among EU countries but is devoted directly to the Integrated Maritime Policy, to ocean governance and to the blue economy. This share amounts to €292 million for the period 2014-2020 – roughly 4.5% of the overall European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (€6.4 billion) – and has been devoted to the most pressing issues (both environmental and economic) that our seas are facing today.
Meeting on 3 October in Algiers, the governing body of the Western Mediterranean Initiative has launched a €1.4 million assistance mechanism set up by the European Commission.
The European Commission adopted the Blue Growth Strategy in 2012 in order to harness the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for growth and jobs. Since the adoption of the strategy, the Blue Economy has become a driver for Europe’s welfare and prosperity. Europe’s maritime economy is expected to become an even more significant source of jobs and growth in the years to come. However, despite concerted efforts by the European Union to increase funding for Blue Economy actors, access to funding with acceptable terms remains a key obstacle for innovative businesses.
With our “3 questions to” series, we ask business stakeholders their views of the Blue Bioeconomy sector. This month, Silvia Fluch from ecoduna AG/eparella GmbH tells us about sustainability, finding your market, and how to have impact.
In the past years, European regions have focused on developing Smart Specialisation strategies to respond to the need for transformation and modernisation of their economy. As an innovative and emerging sector, the Blue Bioeconomy offers for many regions a strong potential to tap into new resources, while reducing dependency on overexploited ones, and to halt the decline of traditional economic sectors.
The European Commission will announce its renewed Bioeconomy Strategy in the coming month. Bioeconomy in Europe is already composed of well-establoshed sectors, mostly on land. The potential of the Blue Bioeconomy remains largely untapped, inspite of its riches, and of the many research projects that are now able to turn discoveries into actual products. We asked Commissioner Vella, in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries, to describe the European Commission’s vision for the Blue Bioeconomy sector in the coming years.
Balaclava – L’Union européenne (UE) et la Commission de l’océan Indien (COI) ont signé un nouveau programme de 28 millions d’euros pour promouvoir la gestion durable des pêches dans les îles de l’océan Indien (pêche maritime) mais aussi en Afrique orientale et australe (pêche continentale). Connu sous le nom de E€OFISH, ce programme est un nouvel exemple concret de l’action de l’Union européenne et de la Commission de l’océan Indien pour promouvoir la pêche durable dans la région Afrique orientale et australe et océan Indien.
Climate change, poverty, water quality, hunger, population growth … Some of the most pressing global challenges can only be effectively addressed if the planet’s oceans are safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed. These imperatives are at the heart of the Blue Bioeconomy.
The European Commission is organising a series of workshops on the future of the Atlantic maritime strategy, and in particular the revision of the Atlantic action plan. The workshops are set up in cooperation with the five Atlantic Member States: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
19 new sustainable blue projects have been pre-selected for funding by the European Commission under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). They will share €14.5 million. The grant agreements are currently being prepared for signature.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, is in the Faroe Islands for the 23rd North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference (27-28 August). The objective of this annual high-level event is for ministers from northern Atlantic countries to address issues of concern in an informal setting.