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Based on the outcomes of projects funded under the European Cooperation Programme for the Mediterranean area (the Interreg MED Programme 2014-2020), a policy paper on the blue economy in the Mediterranean was published. This policy paper includes objectives and actions to promote the blue economy in the Mediterranean. While the focus is regional, the outcomes are equally applicable across Europe. Specific policy recommendations for three focal sectors were developed, namely yachting, marine renewable energy and maritime surveillance. The recommendations are addressed towards the EU institutions, international and intergovernmental organizations, Member States and regional authorities.

EBI was closely involved in the development of the policy paper and provided input on the challenges for the recreational boating sector in the Mediterranean, as well as across Europe. These and a number of EBI’s policy recommendations were successfully taken up and include among others:

  • Harmonisation of skipper licenses at EU level
  • Harmonisation of the regulatory framework at EU level for on-board staff employment, health and safety at work and other areas
  • Development of digital tools and procedures to reduce administrative burden
  • Promotion of environmental sustainability through circular economy, support by Member States and EU institutions for end-of-life boat policies
  • Public support by Member States and the EU for research on clean propulsion boats and use of renewable energy use in ports and marinas
  • Creation of educational pathways for qualifications and professions in the recreational boating industry

The paper also calls for support to the sector through economic development policies and to raise public awareness of the sectors’ strength, SME focus and potential for sustainable growth in the blue economy. This paper will be further promoted and brought to the attention of the EU institutions in the coming months. The full policy paper can be found here.

The projects under Interreg MED were iBlue, MAESTRALE, PELAGOS, PROteuS and 4Helix+.

As part of the European Commission’s BlueInvest Platform, the Readiness Assistance offers a coaching programme for high potential start-ups and SMEs with innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the Blue Economy. Businesses and projects selected for Investment Readiness Assistance will receive coaching packages tailored specifically to their readiness levels and business objectives. The programme has a clear focus on providing business support to help start-ups and SMEs build capacities for growth and attract investment. Up to 200 businesses will be selected to receive coaching tailored specifically to their business objectives. Each participant will be matched with a dedicated business coach, whom they will work with to develop a set of concrete business objectives. Participants will receive targeted assistance from their business coach, who will work with them to achieve their set objectives within a defined timeframe. The one-to-one coaching sessions will be conducted over a 3-month period, both in-person as well as digitally.

Participants will also benefit from additional training through participant-only sessions organised at the BlueInvest Academy, networking and B2B matchmaking sessions at the BlueInvest events. A competitive selection process will be used to select the best candidates for the BlueInvest Readiness Assistance.

For more information and the application form, please click here.

Friday, 29 November 2019 12:43

Open call: BlueInvest Grants

Deadline: 27 February 2020

Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the European Commission is providing grants to market- and investment-ready SMEs with innovative products, technologies and services for the blue economy.

The 2019 call is open until 27 February 2020. It has an available budget of EUR 22.5 million. Organisations can get between €700,000 and €2,500,000 for their projects. Any for-profit SME based in the EU can apply, either as a single participant or a member of a consortium. EBI is available to support interested EBI member companies in the process.

For further information and how to apply, please click here.

BlueInvest Grants

The 2018 annual economic report on blue economy imgPrepared by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) jointly with the Joint Research Centre, in April 2018

This first Annual Economic Report of the EU Blue Economy intends to measure the trends, performance and progress of the Blue Economy in Europe.

It looks into the established maritime sectors (living resources; marine extraction and oil & gas; ports, warehousing and water projects; shipbuilding & repair; coastal tourism) but also at some emerging innovative sectors (marine renewable energy; blue bioeconomy; desalination; deep-seabed mining; coastal and environmental protection).

 

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Lifelong learning study imgBest practices and user stories

Prepared by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) in April 2018

This compendium regroups initiatives in Europe that help developing the skills of maritime professionals and making them fit for the diverse needs of an evolving maritime economy. More particularly, the initiatives focus on digitalization and globalization and the new opportunities and unforeseen challenges this technology brought upon the sector.

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Friday, 08 June 2018 12:08

Ocean literacy

Ocean literacy study imgBest practices and user stories - Study

Prepared by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) in April 2018

This compendium regroups initiatives in Europe that help developing the skills of maritime professionals and making them fit for the diverse needs of an evolving maritime economy. More particularlyd, the intiatives have the objective to increase ocean knowledge.

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Education and business study imgBest practices and user stories - Study

Prepared by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission) in April 2018

This compendium regroups initiatives in Europe that help developing the skills of maritime professionals and making them fit for the diverse needs of an evolving maritime economy. More particularly, it looks at the link between education and industry in the maritime economy, sectors in constant evolution.

 

 

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