• 16 Feb, 2021
Blue Economy Window call just launched

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund launches a new call to support the sustainable development of the blue economy SMEs across the European Union. The call for proposals constitutes one of the many stepping stones to the European Union’ Green Deal goals. Under the Blue Economy Window call, the SMEs can apply as single entities or consortia. The overall budget is €20 million.

Under the 2020 call, organisations can get up to 70% co-funding for their projects with an average EU contribution between €700.000 and € 2.500.000. Any for-profit SME based in the EU (single participant or a member of a consortium) can apply. The deadline of the call is 16 February 2021.

Link : https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/blue-economy-window-call-just-launched

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  • 14 Jan, 2021
World Bank - Blueing the Black Sea Programme (BBSEA)

The Permanent International Secretariat of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS) has been invited to act as the Executing Entity of the “Blueing of the Black Sea” Regional Project (BBSEA) supported by the World Bank. The project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility and aims at tackling marine pollution and catalyzing blue economy investments in the Black Sea region. This way, it will practically help Black Sea riparian countries substantiate their efforts in advancing a shared vision for a sustainable and better valued Black Sea backed by concrete projects, as stipulated in the 2019 Common Maritime Agenda.

To prepare the BBSEA, BSEC PERMIS is planning a series of national consultations in the Black Sea riparian countries, incl. the Republic of Moldova, to introduce the planned action, build partnerships with key institutional and private stakeholders at national level and seek critical inputs on the project architecture. The specific objective of the consultations consists in consulting the respective stakeholder communities (institutional, business, academia and civil society) working on marine pollution on the state of play, pressing issues and priorities related to pollution prevention, reduction and the control in the Black Sea, as well as the opportunities that result in the process. The results of the consultations will inform the architecture and implementation modalities of a planned “Blueing of the Black Sea” regional project.

Click here to find further information of the  BBSEA Regional Project

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  • 21 Dec, 2020
Integrated advanced training course on Blue Biotechnol...

BlueMed would like to share the following information related to the Integrated advanced training course on Blue Biotechnologies, Aquatic products and Blue Bio-economy that will take place on the 15 – 19 March 2021 at the National Research Council of Italy, Messina (Sicily) and also online. 

The training course, jointly organised by BlueMed CSA and the BlueBio ERANET COFUND, is open for applications until 21st December 2020.
 

Specific objectives of the course

The advanced training course aims at contributing to the creation of ‘blue skills’, filling knowledge gaps while matching market opportunities via a joint effort among the scientific community, research infrastructures and business operators. The program will offer the opportunity of increasing awareness about marine biotechnology purposes, and also promoting the progress of the research results through the pipeline up to the market, identifying technological and legal bottlenecks step by step and prospecting solutions.

Encouraging teachers-students dialogue, the course will also be an opportunity to effectively interact with stakeholders and end-users.

At the end of the course the attendees are expected to:

  1. Be aware of the significance of marine biotechnology in a broad sense.
  2. Know the application fields, tools and opportunities.
  3. Know the limits and identify overcoming strategies (e.g. available infrastructures).
  4. Identify intra/interdisciplinary interaction strategies.
  5. Know examples of best practices related to real-life experiences.
  6. Be aware of the global market on marine biotech and development trends.
  7. Identify internship opportunities with industrial partners on the basis of the products and services available.

Further information on the  draft programme  and registrations  here.

 

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  • 21 Dec, 2020
EU funding for the fisheries, aquaculture and processin...

The latest implementation report of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is now available. It highlights the most important achievements supported by the EMFF across the EU. The report is based on data provided by the Member States, reflecting the state of implementation at the end of 2019. The first data reflecting the impacts of Covid-19 are due to be reported by the Member States at the end of April 2021 and will feature in the next report.

The report shows that by the end of 2019, €3.21 billion of EMFF support was committed to operations in the Member States. This corresponds to 55.8% of the €5.69 billion EMFF funding available to the Member States.

€1.4 billion of the support committed contributes to the objective of enhancing the competitiveness of Small to Medium sized Enterprises, while €1.3 billion (i.e. 40% of support committed so far) is dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment. The remaining €0.5 billion was committed to a variety of topics, which notably include promoting quality employment and labour mobility.

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  • 15 Dec, 2020
Blue Bioeconomy Report

EUMOFA has recently published the second edition of the study “Blue bioeconomy report”. The study aims to provide an updated overview of the European Union’s blue bioeconomy sector, focusing on cutting-edge applications of aquatic biomass by examining three topics.

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  • 14 Dec, 2020
Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are turning the c...

New report shows that while most fish stocks remain overexploited, the number of stocks subject to overfishing has decreased for the first time in decades.

According to a new report on the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries (SoMFi 2020), released today, while 75% of fish stocks remain subject to overfishing, this percentage fell by more than 10 percent between 2014 and 2018. Exploitation ratios are down by a similar proportion. Taking into account newly assessed stocks, the number of fish stocks with high relative biomass has doubled since the last edition published in 2018.

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  • 11 Dec, 2020
Commission welcomes political agreement on Erasmus+ pro...

Today, the Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the new Erasmus+ Programme (2021‑2027).

Erasmus+ is a real European success story, consistently identified as one of the most successful initiatives of the EU. Since its inception in 1987, the programme has expanded considerably. It now covers all education and training sectors ranging from early childhood education and care, and school education to vocational education and training, higher education and adult learning. It supports cooperation on youth policy and promotes participation in sport.

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  • 10 Dec, 2020
SAVE THE DATE 10 December 2020- Common Maritime Agenda ...

The Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea (CMA) 2020 Regional Stakeholder Conference is the first regional event organised following the signature of the Bucharest Ministerial Declaration in May 2019 and the subsequent launch of the CMA implementation in February 2020, under the Bulgarian yearly coordination.

The conference builds on the main outcomes of the previous regional stakeholder event held in Istanbul in March 2019, with its main outcome being the establishment of a list of potential projects that could feed the CMA implementation. The current context is rather unusual and obliges CMA countries to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to be able to identify a recovery response that can support resilient and sustainable development of blue economy sectors in the region.

Consequently, the objective of the 2020 Regional Stakeholder Conference is to jointly examine, in the light of the above-mentioned context and identified blue economy sectors, the outcomes of regional stakeholders events held in 2019, in order to take stock of the elements that can be retained to develop blue economy flagship projects in the years ahead. In this scope, cooperation with the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea and the Black Sea CONNECT project are of paramount importance and are well integrated into the conference contents. The event also aims to mobilise regional stakeholders, as they play a crucial role in the complex process of flagship projects identification and implementation. The event will provide them with an important opportunity to share their experience, exchange views and provide their concrete contribution with a regional and national perspective. The process aims to be bottom-up and collective: CMA national coordinators and policy stakeholders need to work together with the involved blue economy actors - public authorities, academia, business, civil society – in order to jointly shape flagship projects.

The conference will revolve around three main elements, starting with a high-level panel discussion on challenges and opportunities for a sustainable and resilient blue economy in the Black Sea in the new pandemic context. With this input, concrete project discussions will be kicked-off under three specific thematic sessions: coastal and maritime tourism, maritime transport, and fisheries and aquaculture. These are some of the most relevant sectors for the region in terms of gross value added and jobs creation that have been mostly impacted by COVID-19. Digitalisation and circular economy will be included in all three thematic sessions as essential transversal drivers to boost sustainable activities while enhancing resilience. As a final but key element, the conference will debate on the different streams of financing opportunities.

Link: https://blackseablueconomy.eu/save-date-10-december-2020-common-maritime-agenda-black-sea-regional-stakeholder-conference

 

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  • 30 Nov, 2020
Open Consultation on the Blue Economy Partnership

A new survey invites stakeholders to take part in the prospective Blue Economy Partnership co-design process by sharing insights and suggestions on the first draft of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

The proposed Blue Economy Partnership is a co-funded partnership under the Horizon Europe research and innovation framework programme 2021-27. The format is a public-public initiative with a core group of partners including research and innovation ministries and funding agencies from the participating countries.  

The SRIA builds on existing mature and inclusively developed pan-European and regional strategic frameworks.

The current draft of the SRIA has been prepared on the basis of input from representatives of Member States, countries associated to the current Framework Programme and JPI Oceans, in close collaboration with the European Commission.  

The feedback collected via the survey will be analysed by the drafting team and feed into the revision of the SRIA.  Share your views by 16 December.

Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/open-consultation-blue-economy-partnership-2020-nov-25_ro

 

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  • 30 Nov, 2020
Boosting Offshore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutra...

To help meet the EU's goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission presented the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy. The Strategy proposes to increase Europe's offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050. The Commission aims to complement this with 40 GW of ocean energy and other emerging technologies such as floating wind and solar by 2050.

This ambitious growth will be based on the vast potential across all of Europe's sea basins and on the global leadership position of EU companies in the sector. It will create new opportunities for industry, generate green jobs across the continent, and strengthen the EU's global leadership in offshore energy technologies. It will also ensure the protection of our environment, biodiversity and fisheries.

Link : https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_2096

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