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      As the strain on continental resources intensifies, the European Union (EU) is looking to the sea as a serious alternative to relieve and bolster its economy. In fact, the European Commission has already published a strategy to harness the potential of the oceans in it Blue Growth initiative. The pressures of a growing world population and the demand on natural resources that entails should be a taken as an opportunity to build a more sustainable future. The further exploitation of the oceans is no light matter as it represents an immense boon to sectors across the entire economy, including key European areas such as health, security, and energy. It is therefore clear that the European institutions that are responsible for the health and security of the oceans must seriously consider the proper framework that allows industry to flourish while maintaining a high standard of sustainable development in line with the EU’s vision for a carbon-free society. Furthermore, the legislation that supports fisheries, energy, and other extraction of natural resources must be pioneering and consistent. All of these considerations place the Blue Economy at the center of a sustainable future for the world.

      Whether it’s the OECD or the EU’s very own reporting, the consensus is that the ocean represents an enormous opportunity for Europe’s economy. This economy unites human activities such as shipping and transportation, fishing, and energy, in addition to a multitude of natural benefits like CO2 absorption. Within this is the realization of our dependence on a healthy ocean and its biodiversity to support further biotechnologies innovation in addition to the large carbon-friendly aquaculture. In short, as new technologies emerge, the exploitation of the oceans becomes easier and more important. This economic activity further depends on the knowledge capacity the EU is able to support. This manifests itself in a variety of ways including maritime spatial planning as a way to ensure the efficient management of sea activities. This means reinforcing several satellite and spatial surveillance programs such as the EMSA. Whether it’s monitoring human activity such as shipping channels or meteorological shifts, the efficacy of the Blue Economy will increase the demand on accurate information. The push for greater surveillance demands clear and effective legislation to ensure the appropriate sharing and usage of the information. In addition to this, the EU must consider the investment that such programs require and the options that are available to bolster their activities…

      • The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU set the maritime sector as one of its priority areas
        Hon. Emmanuel Mallia, MP – Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, Malta
      • The EU’s Blue Growth Strategy Creating sustainable growth and employment in the marine and maritime economy
        Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
      • The future is bright blue
        Per Sandberg, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries
      • How can the EU lead the way in “Blue” governance?
        Ana Paula Vitorino, Minister of the Sea, Portugal
      • Developing Fair Access to International Fisheries
        Alain Cadec, MEP (EPP Group), Chair of the Committee on Fisheries
      • The Maritime Sector and Blue Growth
        Miriam Dalli, MEP (S&D Group) Member of the ENVI Committee
      • A single European maritime area for sustainable blue growth
        Isabelle Thomas, MEP, Vice-president of the S&D Group, Vice-president of the Seas, coastal and insular areas intergroup, Member of the Committee on Fisheries
      • The potential of oceans and seas for new energies
        Dominique Ristori, Director-General of DG Energy, European Commission
      • Promote investment in the maritime sector and facilitate all types of offshore activities
        Gesine Meissner, MEP (ALDE Group), President of the Intergroup Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Member of the TRAN Committee
      • Increasing investment for renewable marine energy
        Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
      • Green Policy for a Blue World
        Daniel Calleja Alleja Crespo, Director-General of DG Environment, European Commission
      • Can Europe’s seas be considered healthy, clean and undisturbed, and productive?
        Ronan Uhel, Head of Programme – Natural Systems and Sustainability, European Environment Agency
      • A Blue Economy requires marine spatial planning – the case of Swedish municipalities
        Jessica Hjerpe Olausson, Senior Maritime Expert, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden and Head of the Maritime Cluster West Sweden
      • “Maritimization” of the world and sustaibable development
        Francis Vallat, President of “European Network of Maritime Clusters” and “Euromaritime”, Honorary President of the “French Maritime Cluster” (founder) and the “Institut Français de la Mer”, President of “SOS Méditerranée”, President of “Expedition 7th continent”
      • No blue growth without clean oceans
        Thierry Vandevelde, Ph.D, Executive Director, Veolia Foundation
      • How to keep Europe attractive for shipping activities?
        Karoliina Rasi, Director Public Affairs and Communications, ECSA – European Community Shipowners’ Associations
      • Sustainable Blue Growth through Investment
        Bernhard Friess Directorate A Maritime Policy and Blue Economy, European Commission
      • The challenge of the 21st century is for the seas and oceans to enable the opening of a new page of human history
        Younous Omarjee, MEP (GUE/NGL), Vice-President of the Committee on Regional Development
      • Sea and Space: an ever evolving partnership
        Leendert Bal, Head of Department Operations European Maritime Safety Agency
      • EUMETSAT – Monitoring the global oceans from Space
        Paul Counet, Head of Strategy, Communications and International Relations, EUMETSAT
      • “From a few nascent ocean activities, new ocean-friendly industries will emerge”
        Pierre Bahurel, CEO of Mercator Ocean
      • JPI Oceans: enabling blue growth through European cooperation
        Kathrine Angell-Hansen, Director JPI Oceans secretariat
      • Growing in the Blue – innovation as an asset of EU industry
        Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General SEAEurope
      • The fundamental role of fisheries in the blue economy
        Daniel Voces de Onaindi, Acting Managing Director, Europêche
      • Blue Growth and Sustainable Development
        Ricardo Serrão Santos, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the Committee on Fisheries
      • How innovative tools in Cohesion Policy boost blue growth
        Constanze Krehl, MEP (S&D Group), Coordinator in the Committee on Regional Development in the European Parliament
      • Algopack the new plastic for clean oceans
        David Coti, CEO of Algopack
      • Integrated production models for aquaculture and blue growth
        Stella Tsani, Senior Researcher at ICRE81. She holds a PhD in Economics and Business from the University of Reading, UK.

        Phoebe Koundouri, Founder and Scientific Director of ICRE81 and Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business
      • “Access and Benefit Sharing on Marine Genetic Resources”
        Thomas Delille, (PhD), associate in the Brussels office of Mayer Brown’s International Trade and Government Relations & Public Law practices
      • The Potential of a Blue Economy
        João Ferreira, MEP(GUE/NGL), Member of the ITRE Committee