BSEC PERMIS co-hosted with the World Bank a highly stimulating panel discussion on the future of the “Blue Economy” in the Black Sea region today. With the punchy title of “Actions rather than words for the Blue Economy in the Black Sea Region, it was run under the umbrella of #BSEC’s ‘Blueing the Black Sea’ (BBSEA) project funded by the Global Environment Facility and promoted by the World Bank aimed at combatting marine pollution. A number of highly distinguished panelists provided a series of excellent, practical ways the Blue Economy in the Black Sea could be advanced. The session was supported by the Delphi Economic Forum and moderated by Spyros Kouvelis of the EPLO Institute for Sustainable development. Click for full details of the event



  • Wednesday 23, Jun 2021
European Research and Innovation Days

This year's European Research and Innovation Days Draft Programme is out! Choose your favorite sessions and join us virtually on 23 and 24 June.

Scroll through the Draft Programme to discover over 60 live sessions, ranging from high-level plenaries to immersive panel discussions and workshops. Session topics include Horizon Europe, the new European Research and Innovation Programme, our recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, the European Research Area, European Innovation Ecosystems and much more.

Create your own programme and join your favorite sessions to discuss about research and innovation with other participants from across Europe and beyond. Attend some of the specialised workshops to discuss, interact, build new networks and work together to find solutions for our global challenges.

Do you have questions? Check the Q&A area on the EU Research and Innovation Days website, where you can find answers to the questions you may have about the upcoming event.

Stay tuned for updates on the start of registration and other exciting news by following us on Twitter via @EUScienceInnov and #RiDaysEU

The European Research and Innovation Days Organization Team

  • Friday 18, Jun 2021
Black Sea CONNECT Innovation workshop

The Romanian National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology - GeoEcoMar - developed a Questionnaire to collect information about the players that are active in the Black Sea in Blue Growth, Blue Economy, with a potential to innovation for an upcoming Innovation Workshop of Black Sea CONNECT.

Feel free to take the survey and do not hesitate to share among your networks!

  • Thursday 10, Jun 2021
Make Europe Blue campaign

Dear Ocean lover,

The ocean needs action!
No matter where you live, what you do or the scale of your pledge, we can all act together for a healthy ocean in Europe and beyond.

This is why the European Commission and the #EU4Ocean Coalition have just launched the Make Europe Blue campaign!  

The Make Europe Blue campaign calls on each of us: citizens, businesses, organisations, authorities, celebrities, etc. to commit to an action that can benefit the ocean. 
Every action – even the smallest one - brings change to our ocean.


Unleash your imagination, get creative and together – across borders, age groups, and cultures - we can take care of our shared ocean. We can make a difference, one pledge at a time.

  • Wednesday 02, Jun 2021
DIGICIRC - Blue Economy open call

Who are we looking for?

DigiCirc is looking for European SMEs/Start-ups that can use digital tools and apply cutting-edge solutions in the circular economy by addressing specific challenges in the domain of Blue Economy.


How does it work?

With the second open call, DigiCirc will select a minimum of 15 consortia, composed of at least 2 SMEs/Startups, that will develop innovative solutions focused on digital technologies by addressing the Blue Economy challenges presented below. SMEs will be given the opportunity to use the DigiCirc Matchmaking Platform to look for other SMEs in case they need a partner to build a consortium.

The selected consortia will get a direct funding of up to €20.000 and the opportunity to integrate a highly intensive and innovative 12 weeks-long innovation support programme, divided in two phases, where they will be able to develop their business plans and adapt their solutions for the targeted area (Phase 1); and demonstrate their solutions in relevant environment as well as shape their commercial strategy (Phase 2).

At the end of the accelerator programme, the 5 best ranked consortia will be selected to receive further funding of €100.000. They will have up to 6 months to develop their prototype and make tests in an operational environment in view of a commercial launch.


What’s in it for SMEs?

● Up to €60k equity free funding per SME/StartUp
● Access to 4 Digital Tools
● One-on-One Business Coaching support
Thematic Mentoring support provided by industry experts


What are the minimum requirements to apply?

● Being a consortium of at least 2 SMEs or Startups (visit the Matchmaking Platform)
● Being based in one of the EU Members States or an H2020 Associated Country
● Addressing one of the Blue Economy challenges (see below)


What is the duration of the programme?

DigiCirc Blue Economy Accelerator Programme (Phase 1 & 2) will run from December 2021 to March 2022.
Demoday will be held in March 2022. The 5 consortia selected at the Demoday will then have up to 6 months, from April to September 2022, to deliver final outputs.


Applicants must submit their proposals for one of the following challenges:

#1 Challenge: Develop solutions, products and services based on digital technologies to increase sustainability, circularity and competitiveness in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors by facing specific needs and challenges of these sectors.

#2 Challenge: Create solutions, products, services and apps to empower circularity and sustainability for coastal tourism using digitalization and digital technologies by facing specific needs or by making citizens and tourists conscious about their impact in the ecosystem to improve their habits.

#3 Challenge: Develop solutions, products, tools and services to increase efficiency, sustainability and circularity in ports activities applying digitalization and digital technologies.

#4 Challenge: Develop solutions based on digital technologies to optimize Ocean Renewable Energies operations, increasing their circularity and sustainability.

#5 Challenge: Create solutions based on digital technologies to address sustainability challenges in Maritime Transport in matters of fuel consumption and pollution, route simulation, among others.

#6 Challenge: Solutions, products and services based on digital technologies to make shipbuilding and repair more sustainable and circular.

#7 Challenge: Solutions, products and services based on digital technologies and related to the circular economy for climate change mitigation and marine ecosystems protection.


Make sure to read carefully the open call documentation kit (includes the programme guidelines) before applying:

Blue Economy Documentation Kit

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