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A revamped maritime strategy to foster a sustainable blue economy and the EU Green Deal

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

At a time of social and economic uncertainty, the EU is preparing the next generation of EU-funded programmes to foster economic recovery. The revamped action plan will give new impetus to the Atlantic maritime strategy and will strengthen the participating countries’ recovery efforts. It will contribute to the European Green Deal, a socially inclusive model of sustainable development and job creation, while safeguarding marine and coastal environments and securing a healthy ocean.The European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “In the midst of the crisis, more than ever, we must stay focused on making our future green: the EU Green Deal and the green transition should guide our recovery plan. The development of a sustainable blue economy, targeting specific challenges and opportunities at sea basin level, serves exactly these objectives. We must put green in the blue and blue in the green.’’Focusing on offsetting the adverse socio-economic impact of the crisis, the new action plan proposes concrete actions for the development of the blue economy in the Atlantic, addressing challenges, such as:The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of renewable energy – by supporting research and investment in marine renewable energy (going beyond offshore wind) for which the Atlantic has a huge potential; The fight against marine pollution – by promoting green shipping and coordinating actions against marine litter; The creation of new jobs – by addressing the skills gaps in the blue economy sectors and by supporting cooperation between EU training centres and businesses; The adaptation to climate change – by improving coastal observation and designing and promoting cost effective coastal protection measures.
The action plan also has a strong international dimension in The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance including USA, and Canada, Brazil and South Africa. The participating Member States may decide, in consultation with the European Commission, to expand the membership of the Atlantic strategy to any interested state.The action plan will reinforce cooperation among the participating countries and include coastal regions and stakeholders. A solid monitoring framework will measure progress and impact.The main sources of funding will be European Structural and Investment Funds, including the future territorial cooperation programme in the Atlantic area and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). In addition to the national and regional funding, the action plan will also rely on sources such as Horizon Europe, Connecting Europe Facility, LIFE programme and innovative financial instruments managed by the European Investment Bank, such as the InvestEU programme for decarbonisation and the circular economy.

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European Maritime Social Partners call for Ministers of Health to assist in ensuring crew changes can take place in EU ports

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 giugno 2020

Brussels. ECSA and its social partner, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), called on EU Ministers for Health, to assist in the implementation of the IMO protocols to ensure safe ship crew changes in the EU Member States’ ports without further delay. In view of the video conference of the Ministers of Health held today, the European social partners for maritime transport, ECSA and the ETF, drew the attention of the EU Health Ministers to the importance of ensuring that seafarers are able to join and leave their ships with as few impediments as possible, in order to keep essential supplies moving and ensure the health, safety and welfare of seafarers. They highlighted in particular the crucial role of national health services in protecting the health of seafarers in transit.The letter underlined the huge problem many seafarers face by not being able to leave their ships and return home due to travel restrictions; whereas, the absence of facilities to obtain visas to enter the Schengen area further prevents them from joining their ships. Therefore, the maritime social partners reiterated their call on all EU Member States to implement the IMO protocols and guidelines for crew changes without delay in order to ensure crew changes, medical care and shore leave for seafarers happen in their ports.“Health Ministers undoubtedly play a central role, alongside Transport and Interior Ministers, in national efforts to implement the IMO protocols in Member States. We strongly urge EU Health Ministers to co-operate with other government departments in their Member States and throughout the Union. The movement of seafarers and crew changes in their ports must be facilitated under conditions that safeguard their health and minimize the risks to them of Covid-19 infection,’’ commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General. “We call on all EU Member States to lead by example and to ensure that all EU Member States implement the IMO protocols to ensure crew changes in EU ports without further delay and seafarers’ rights are upheld. Further delays will have severe consequences for the safety and physical and mental health of seafarers, in addition to the safety of ship operations and the functioning of the global waterborne supply chains,’’ Martin Dorsman added.

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European Maritime Day 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 febbraio 2020

Cork City Hall and surroundings on 14 and 15 May 2020 will take place the EMD Conference and Expo. We are entering an exciting new decade, a blue decade that valorises the role of our seas and oceans and works towards balancing ocean economy and ocean health. Whether it concerns the EU’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and achieve a new ‘Green Deal’, or to deliver a sustainable economy that works for people, the European Union’s maritime policy, the EU’s Ocean Mission and its blue economy strategy have a key role to play. Since 2008 the European Maritime Day is being hosted each year by a different port city, providing a unique maritime flavour and offering stakeholders an opportunity to meet and showcase their activities. In 2020, the City of Cork will open its gates and its safe harbour to Europe’s maritime stakeholders. The European Maritime Day 2020 will be held in conjunction with ‘Our Ocean Wealth’ (OOW), Ireland’s flagship annual event for the marine sector and will be run back-to-back with ‘SeaFest’, Ireland’s largest family-friendly marine festival, expecting up to 100,000 visitors.The Latin motto on the Cork coat of arms ‘Statio Bene Fida Carinis’ roughly translates into ‘safe harbour for ships’. Indeed, Cork County boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world. If you are interested to learn more about Cork’s rich and diverse heritage and history, we recommend a visit to the Cork Public Museum.

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European Maritime Day In My Country 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

In parallel with the European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference in Cork (14 & 15 May 2020), a series of local EMD events, the EMD In My Country events will take place all over Europe for the public at large. During 2019, 145 events were organised in 23 different countries, attracting 25.000 participants, making a record in EMD history!: beach-cleaning activities, guided tours of ports, workshops, conferences, seminars and exhibitions on maritime themes, eco-tours and walks in areas with significant maritime heritage (cultural, environmental), excursions by boat, visits to maritime museums or former ships, shipyards and port facilities etc.For 2020 the focus will be on youth activities. We especially encourage all the young ocean activists and youth organisations working for the promotion of sustainable oceans to apply.‘EMD in my Country’ 2020 will take place from April to June 2020. Read our call and submit your event to be part of European Maritime Day (EMD) in My Country 2020!

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European Commission launches Blue Economy Report at European Maritime Day in Lisbon

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 maggio 2019

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella has opened the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. This year, the main focus is on boosting a “blue” economy, the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, through entrepreneurship, investment, and research and innovation. On this occasion, the European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report.
Commissioner Vella said: “Coastal regions are home to 214 million people and generate 43% of EU GDP. Today’s report confirms the blue economy’s role as an exciting growth sector, with opportunities both in established sectors like tourism and shipbuilding, and in emerging areas like ocean energy or the blue bioeconomy. Yet we also know that blue economy start-ups and small companies often struggle to get their good ideas off the ground. That is why the European Commission is currently developing an investment-readiness support tool to help them mature and eventually access the funding they need to scale up.” Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, instrumental in drafting the Blue Economy Report added: “Though our oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface, we know less about what lies beneath the waves than we do about faraway planets. This prevents us from making the most of our resources while protecting marine ecosystems. The second Report on the European Blue Economy aims to change that. It reflects the importance that the European Commission attaches to a robust, evidence-based approach. Our oceans and seas can help us in tackling the challenges facing humanity; creating prosperity without endangering that of future generations.”Using the opportunities of the oceans sustainably was also at the heart of Commissioner Vella’s speech at today’s international ministerial conference on smart ocean governance, organised by Portugal. He reiterated the key role of oceans – in particular ocean energy – towards achieving a carbon-free Europe by 2050. This year’s blue economy report incorporates various new elements and content, including the maritime defence and the maritime equipment sectors. A preliminary analysis by sea basin has been added, as well as a number of in-depth case studies, e.g. on the economic impacts of marine protected areas or the contribution of the research and education sector to blue economy jobs. Finally, the second edition comprises a section on ecosystem services and natural capital, addressing the costs and economic impact of climate change and mitigation measures.

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European Maritime Day

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

Lisbon Congress Centre 16-17 May 2019 This year EMD focuses on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment and offers an intense programme tackling all about blue economy. Starting with an inspirational opening session, the conference offers 8 breakout sessions organised by the European Commission focusing on a number of strategic EU policy initiatives to support Europe’s sustainable blue economy. During the two-day event, the participants can also attend 28 high-quality thematic workshops designed and organised by maritime stakeholders.But it’s not over: in fact, European Maritime Day will also host an exciting array of 100 exhibitors from around Europe who will showcase their innovative ideas, products and services related to the conference themes. . R&D centres, universities, incubators, spin-offs, start-ups, companies, associations, NGOs… have a look at the list of the exhibitors.It’s not enough for you? There is more! 21 pitchers from across the EU will present advanced innovative projects on blue economy from the pitch stage: 3 sessions (session 1, session 2, session 3) dedicated to green energy, shipping, aquaculture and much more! Navigate through the sessions programme to pick your favourite. Matchmaking opportunities are available for all the participants in the B2B dedicated area: an ideal opportunity for blue economy professionals to connect. Once registered to the EMD conference you will be able to book B2B meeting slots, post your profile and/or register to workshops or breakout sessions.

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New insights into European maritime traffic

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2019

European seas are a hub of human activity. Maritime transport is so omnipresent that it inevitably affects anybody working in or with the ocean.For the first time those responsible for monitoring shipping emissions, identifying the best routes to lay pipelines and cables, assessing the impact of fishing on the seafloor or planning offshore wind farms can have maps of vessel activity on their desktops.The new EMODnet digital vessel density maps will help them visualise vessel movement patterns and distribution of maritime traffic in European waters. This allows users to access monthly composite maps by ship type for the year 2017 (with more to come). Maps are available free of charge for viewing, downloading, processing and use for commercial and non-commercial purposes alike from the EMODnet Human Activities portal.The EMODnet Human Activities team has developed a bespoke method for developing the vessel density maps, in close consultation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC).For the moment, the data available in the maps cover 2017, but 2018 data is due later this year. Regular updates will be released on the portal as soon as they become available.

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The European Marine Observation and Data Network contributes to the EU’s integrated maritime policy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 marzo 2019

It was set up as a flagship project to prepare a seamless multi-resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020. Following the Green Paper “Marine Knowledge 2020” It had been estimated that public bodies in European countries were spending over one billion euro a year in observing the seas and oceans including work by hydrographic organisations, geological surveys, scientists and environmental agencies. However, scientists and engineers who wanted to use the data had encountered that they were difficult to find and were hampered by restrictive usage conditions and poor interoperability. Data from different sources had different baselines, different formats, different nomenclature and different standards. The Commission Communication on “Innovation in the Blue Economy” set out a roadmap for replacing the fragmented, inaccessible and inhomogeneous repositories of marine data in the EU by a sustainable process whereby data are easily accessible, interoperable and free of restrictions on use. EMODnet is now operational.

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Blue Economy: A new call for proposals to kindle sustainable maritime development across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 novembre 2018

Bruxelles. Realising the full potential of the ocean will demand responsible, sustainable approaches to its economic development – says a recent report by the OECD.
But what are the barriers to such responsible development? What are the factors still preventing eco-friendly sectors from growing up and shaping up a sustainable ocean economy?
Having identified a few of them, the Commission has been piloting its recent policies and investments to overcome obstacles such as the mismatch between workers’ skills and labour market needs; the scattering of research efforts; and the conspicuous absence of funds to scale up promising projects from pilot to demonstration phase. The Blue Labs section (€5 million) supports new, multidisciplinary partnerships between maritime stakeholders that can drive innovation forward in the blue economy. The Blue Careers section (€5.5 million) supports the development of innovative vocational training schemes that boost both industry engagement and entrepreneurial skills. And the blue economy grants (€8.2 million) help innovative technologies and services find the capital they need to become market ready.
The call is now open to applicants until 31 January 2019. An information session is scheduled on 22 November 2018 in Brussels. The event will showcase some of the most notable Blue Labs, Blue Careers and Blue Tech projects generated by the first call of this kind in 2016, and will explain in detail the new call and the application process.

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Intelsat and APSATCOM Launch IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime in Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 ottobre 2018

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) (“Intelsat”), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced today that APT Mobile Satcom Ltd. (APSATCOM) will become the first maritime solution partner to offer, in China, IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services. This agreement will deliver a seamless global maritime network for APSATCOM’s customers, providing unparalleled throughput, improved economics, and easier access to broadband services. Under the new, multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services, interconnection, and backhaul to APSATCOM’s data centers. The award-winning IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform is a seamlessly integrated managed service that offers multi-layered global coverage by leveraging the power of the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and Intelsat’s global network of wide beam satellites.IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime provides a flexible infrastructure for solution partners looking to incorporate high-throughput services while avoiding the complexity of forecasting throughput requirements across the various beams. This enables those solution partners to dramatically improve their economics while delivering higher performance broadband service more efficiently. APSATCOM and other solution partners are able, through this IntelsatOne Flex Service, to customize their solutions and, in turn, deliver a unique value proposition for each of their customers.APSATCOM, which provides a suite of applications for maritime customers to manage business operations and provide crew services, will introduce its IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime offering with a 1-meter antenna solution focusing on Chinese vessels. About 90 percent of global trade is conducted via shipping, and China’s role continues to grow, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. The global reach of IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime also enables APSATCOM to extend its offerings throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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Future EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 giugno 2018

EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will be at the Council in Luxembourg to present and discuss the Commission’s ‘Policy Statement’ setting the stage for the proposals that will come later for fishing opportunities for 2019 as well as the recent legislative proposals on a revision of the European fisheries control system and a Regulation for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.Ministers are expected to have an exchange of views on the Policy Statement. This annual Communication sets out the rational for the subsequent Commission proposals on the fishing opportunities for 2019. Progress made next year will be crucial for achieving the EU’s objective of securing sustainable fisheries in its waters. This will include the full phasing in of the landing obligation, requiring fishermen to land all catches to stop the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted fish back in the sea. Until end of August, a public consultation invites Member States, Advisory Councils, other stakeholders and citizens to comment on the Commission Communication. In the autumn, the Commission will table its proposals for fishing opportunities, based on independent scientific advice. The Council will then aim at a final agreement in its meeting of October (fishing opportunities for the Baltic), November (fishing opportunities for the deep-sea) and December (fishing opportunities for the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Black Sea).Commissioner Vella will also present the recent proposal to improve, modernise and simplify the way in which fishing rules are monitored and enforced in the EU. An effective control system is central to ensuring that fisheries are managed sustainably, guaranteeing the long-term viability of the EU fishing sector and protecting the livelihoods of our fishermen. Ministers will have a first exchange of views on the proposed revision, which wants to make control more efficient to the benefit of EU fisheries. The fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing will benefit from improved enforcement of fisheries rules across the EU.Finally, a preliminary exchange of views will take place among ministers on the Commission’s proposal for the next European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), recently tabled following the adoption of the EU’s long-term Budget for the Future (2021-2027). The new EMFF will continue to support the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, ensuring that fishing activities are environmentally sustainable in the long-term and that the sector generates economic, social and employment benefits. Particular attention will be paid to small-scale fishermen. EMFF will also support unleashing the growth potential of a sustainable blue economy towards a more prosperous future for coastal communities. For the first time, the Fund will contribute to strengthening international ocean governance for safer, cleaner, more secure, and sustainably managed seas and oceans. Finally, the Commission is reinforcing the environmental impact of the Fund with a focus on protecting marine ecosystems and underpinning climate change mitigation and adaptation, in line with the commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement.

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The EU’s Maritime Spatial Planning goes global

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

160 experts from all over the world have gathered in Brussels on 24 and 25 May for the first meeting of the International Forum on Maritime Spatial Planning. They have discussed ongoing projects both in the EU and abroad and shared views on the challenges of planning public sea space across borders.The global character of the event stems from the recent alliance between the European Commission and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) – an international organisation with a long-standing experience on the issue of maritime spatial planning.
The event is the first of a series, as the Forum is scheduled to meet twice a year between now and 2020. The conclusions drawn along the process will feed into the drafting of a new set of international guidelines on cross-border maritime spatial planning, expected for 2021. Indeed the Forum is one of the actions mentioned in the 2017 Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning processes worldwide, in which the European Commission and IOC-UNESCO commit to a number of key initiatives in favour of good ocean governance.Maritime Spatial Planning is the rational organisation of sea and coastal areas so as to cater for the different – and sometimes competing – needs of various economic activities (such as fisheries, aquaculture, transport, energy and so on) and to make sure they are carried out safely and sustainably. It needs to be negotiated across sectors and across borders. The next Forum session will take place in the autumn and will also be devoted to dialogue and exchanges between planners from different parts of the world.

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Arundo Analytics Unites with DNV GL’s Veracity Platform to Stream Data Analytics for Maritime

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 maggio 2018

Arundo Analytics, a software company enabling advanced analytics in heavy industry, today announced that it is providing Arundo Enterprise analytics software on the Veracity platform. This enables owners and operators of vessels and floating installations to deploy and manage enterprise-scale machine learning applications and integrate advanced analytics into business decision systems and processes.”Ships and marine installations are highly-engineered, capital-intensive environments with significant opportunities to reap the benefits of digitalization,” said Mogens Mathiesen, Co-founder and Commercial Lead, Arundo Analytics. “Arundo is very excited to work with Veracity to support companies in this area as they transform operations through advanced analytics. Potential applications include real-time equipment anomaly detection and predictions to improve fuel performance, safety and other factors across a wide variety of scenarios.”A critical component of such advanced analytical solutions is the deployment of Arundo Edge Agent, software for streaming data and performing local computations and analytics in intermittently-connected environments such as marine vessels or remote sites. With Arundo Edge Agent, Veracity users are able to ingest data from ship control systems, or run analytics autonomously on local systems.Customers are then able to deploy machine learning applications and other advanced analytical models within Arundo Enterprise in Veracity. This enables work on a variety of operational issues such as equipment maintenance, energy consumption or logistics and scheduling. “Our platform is designed to help companies unlock, qualify, combine and prepare data for analytics and benchmarking,” said BT Markussen, EVP of Veracity by DNV GL. “Together, with solutions like Arundo Enterprise, we have the capability to securely deploy advanced analytical applications against live data and integrate outputs into business decisions. This is a core goal for our customers.”

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World Ocean Summit: Sustainable Finance Principles launched to guide investments in the maritime economy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 marzo 2018

At the World Ocean Summit taking place in Mexico, the Commission launched in partnership with the European Investment Bank, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and WWF Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.These are voluntary principles that will guide responsible investments to counter the many stresses that oceans are subject to, from overfishing and rising sea levels to plastic pollution. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “I am delighted to see the progress in the delivery of this important commitment made at the 2017 Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU. The importance of having clear guidelines supporting the sustainable development of the blue economy is now widely recognised, and this is encouraging.” Today’s launch is in line with the Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan, presented yesterday as part of the Capital Markets Union’s efforts to connect finance with the specific needs of the European economy to the benefit of the planet and our society. It is also one of the key steps towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement and the EU’s agenda for sustainable development. Earlier this year, the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance had recommended in its final report that the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles be adopted and implemented by the finance community. As a result, initial commitments have already been made by Althelia Ecosphere, Aviva Investors, the BPCE Group, Seventure Partners, Willis Towers Watson and the World Bank. In signing up, investors and organisations commit to mainstream these principles in all new investment decisions.

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Modern maritime technologies: do we have the skills?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

Like everywhere else, world digitalization, high-tech equipment and low-carbon solutions are affecting the workplace of the maritime world. Preparing the workforce for such trends is crucial to ensure a competitive European maritime sector. But what will be the profiles needed for the jobs of tomorrow? How can we make sure that people are strongly qualified for the many attractive and high quality jobs European seas have to offer?
To address these questions the Commission has launched, as part of the New Skills Agenda, a new cooperation platform between several key stakeholders called Blueprint for skills cooperation.
For the maritime technology sector, the Spanish Foundation CETMAR is in charge of leading the EU partnership composed of 17 partners who today have met in Brussels to kick-off the work. Composed of both educational and industrial representatives, the partnership will explore the skills required by modern maritime technologies and the possible ways to match future demand and supply. They will conceive the profiles and curricula of tomorrow and propose concrete actions to be rolled out at national and regional level to bridge the gap between the training offer and the actual needs of the industry. By helping the sector to adapt the education to prepare the future workforce, this initiative seeks to empower the various strands of the maritime industry and boost its performance for years to come.

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Joint Statement on the occasion of World Oceans Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 giugno 2017

federica_mogheriniBrussels. On the occasion of the World Oceans Day (8 June), Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Karmenu Vella; Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, made the following statement:Today we celebrate World Oceans Day. This year’s theme, “Our oceans, our future” underscores the importance of oceans for ours and the generations to come. Oceans cover two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the foundations of life. Oceans store more than nine-tenths of the heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse-gas emissions and provide 3 billion people with almost a fifth of their protein. The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion and offers great potential for boosting growth, jobs and innovation. At the same time, oceans are at the center of pressing global challenges such as climate change, marine litter, poverty, food security. The sustainable use of the oceans is threatened by illegal fishing, armed robbery and piracy against ships, while cooperation on maritime security is essential to guarantee safe and free navigation for international trade. The world is coming to realize that our oceans need better care. Only strong international cooperation can deliver this. The EU has taken a lead in creating a stronger system of ocean governance including better managing the oceans, reducing human pressure and investing in science. In this way, it can be ensured that marine resources are conserved and used sustainably, based on healthy eco-systems and providing for a thriving ocean economy. The EU and its Member States also act jointly to preserve peace and security at sea. The EU reiterates its commitment to implementing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, for the benefit of EU citizens and the whole world. “Leaving no-one behind” also means that oceans, seas and marine resources are conserved and sustainably used as enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 14. The EU therefore welcomes the UN Ocean Conference this week, where together with its Member States, the EU submitted significant commitments. The outcomes of the Conference, where the Commission will be represented by Commissioner Vella, will provide an important contribution to the High Level Political Forum in July this year.Given the significance of oceans for our future, the EU will host the fourth “Our Ocean” Conference in Malta on 5-6 October this year. It will engage with the international community, including the private sector, to take further commitments for our oceans, in areas such as marine pollution, marine protected areas, climate change and sustainable fisheries, maritime security and the blue economy and blue growth. For taking care of our future, we need to take care of our oceans: it’s a global challenge that has to be addressed globally. The European Union is doing and will keep doing its part.

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Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels today.”With today’s call for proposals we are shining a light on Europe’s rich maritime heritage, from museums to monuments. By encouraging tourist authorities to team up with the cultural and creative industeuropean commissionries, this call will create new tourist offers, making Europe’s coastal regions an even more attractive holiday destination”, Commissioner Vella said.Commissioner Vella also used his opening speech to stress the role of innovation in keeping Europe’s maritime and coastal tourism competitive and attractive.”Tourism is changing. Holidaymakers are increasingly looking for more than traditional ‘sun, sand and sea’ package. So innovation is indispensable to keep you – and Europe – in business. And we also need innovation to keep our air, landscapes and waters clean. Because Europe’s natural treasures are some of our greatest tourism assets. So going green is not just good for the environment. It’s good for business,” he said.
Coastal tourism is the most popular type of tourism in Europe. Two out of three European tourists prefer to spend their holidays on the coast, and nearly half of all nights spent in EU tourist accommodation are spent in coastal areas. Together with cruise tourism, yachting and marinas, coastal tourism in the EU provides almost 3 million jobs and generates revenue of 400 billion euros.The Commission is supporting maritime and coastal tourism by funding new ideas, fostering dialogue, and promoting Europe as a maritime destination, in line with its 2014 ‘European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism’.Its ‘Guide on Funding for Coastal and Maritime Tourism’, developed in early 2016, gives a helpful overview of available EU funding.Today’s call for proposals follows a call for the creation of underwater cultural routes earlier this year.

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Investing in competitive blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 febbraio 2016

maritime dayThe conference will provide a strong input to shape future policies and the practical steps needed to drive transformational change in the blue economy and the wider integrated maritime policy agenda. It will focus on smart and sustainable solutions for blue growth, ocean governance, clean energy and skills development and it will look at tools such as strategic cluster partnerships and common roadmaps to facilitate joint action. Throughout, there will be a particular focus on specific regional challenges and opportunities. These focused, thematic sessions will explore what is needed to drive transformational change in different areas of the integrated maritime agenda. In each stream, a panel discussion will be followed by a structured discussion to set out which actions are needed at different levels: global, European, regional and conclusions/action points to be retransmitted to the plenary will be reached in a participative way.

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Coordinated maritime surveillance for safer and more secure seas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 luglio 2014

ciseThe European Commission took a further step towards a more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas by announcing the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE). By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities like coast guards, navies, and fisheries and border control, duplication of work can be avoided and a potential €400 million worth of savings can be made every year.Increased cooperation and sharing of data will help to deal with “real time” events at sea such as accidents, spills, crime or any other security threat. CISE aims to help the relevant actors share live information and data and is a key part of the recently adopted European Maritime Security Strategy.The CISE Communication is indicative of the progress and commitment made at EU and national level since a roadmap was outlined in 2010. It proposes guidance and priorities for further action with a main focus on how to further enhance information exchange – in particular between civil and military authorities – to better interconnect existing maritime surveillance systems. This will bring allow for more effective and timely co-ordination of maritime surveillance operations in EU waters. It will help create a safer investment climate for blue growth and ensure the security of EU citizens.The Commission will launch a project under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research in order to test Maritime CISE on a large scale. Along with Member States, it will produce a best practice handbook on how to apply CISE based on experience from existing systems and pilot projects like MARSUNO, Bluemassmed and Cooperation.Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Sustainable economic growth within the maritime sector can only be ensured if our seas and oceans are safe and secure. CISE aims to make sure that all involved maritime surveillance actors have a complete picture of all events at sea. Sharing such information is key to avoid duplication in collection of data and for the use of patrol ships, planes, helicopters or satellites in the same sea areas. Today, about 40% of information is collected several times and 40% to 80% of information is not shared amongst the interested users. We cannot afford such a waste of efforts and money”.(cise)

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