Blue Growth strategy gets further backing
The European Commission has welcomed the backing from the EU's General Affairs Council for the progress made in delivering the EU's Blue Growth Strategy, which aims to create sustainable economic growth and employment in the marine and maritime economy to help Europe's economic recovery.
The Commission says that the Council conclusions stress the importance of the Action Plan for the Atlantic Maritime Strategy to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy of coastal Atlantic regions. The conclusions also welcome the progress made in the EU maritime policies, such as the agreement on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, the adoption of Strategic Guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture or the adoption of the LeaderSHIP 2020 strategy which gives new impetus to innovation and diversification of the shipbuilding industry.
The Council also recognises that developing the maritime economy requires financial support and encourages Member States to support innovation, growth and employment in Europe's maritime activities.
Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs said: “Today's endorsement of the Council shows that delivering the potential of the Blue Economy in terms of growth, jobs and competitiveness is a European commitment. Blue Growth is a long term political strategy and the support for its first steps is very encouraging".
Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. It recognises that seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth. It is the Integrated Maritime Policy's contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.