The Council approved today conclusions on a sustainable blue economy, which is based on four pillars: healthy oceans, knowledge, prosperity and social equity. The conclusions underline the need for an efficient ocean governance built on a sustainable blue economy.
The Council highlights the sustainable use of oceans and seas, which plays an important role in the European Green Deal agenda. Member States support sound governance based on knowledge, awareness and insight of oceans and seas, as well as fair and equitable socioeconomic conditions, in line with the EU’s Strategic Agenda. In this context, Next Generation EU and the new Multiannual Financial Framework, including the Recovery and Resilience Facility, already take into account the further need to develop blue economy sectors.
The Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea (CMA) envisages the creation of the Black Sea Virtual Knowledge Centre (BSVKC) with a view of providing a centralized platform for information on blue economy to the stakeholders and to improve synergies across the stakeholders and blue economy related projects in the Black Sea.