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up. The forum will be made up of businesses,
scientists and NGOs that are willing to share
ideas and results and to help shape up the blue
economy of the future.
“We will launch it in May at the European
Maritime Day in Piraeus, Greece. As industry
leaders in the maritime sector, I warmly invite
you to join us there. In addition to launching the
Blue Economy Business and Science Forum,
we will also be discussing the role of ports as
innovation hubs in the blue economy and
maritime skills.”
A plenary session specifically focusing on the
forum will take place as part of European
Maritime Day 2015.
“Huge asset”
Vella concluded his address by drawing
attention to the vast economic potential of the
marine economy, saying it is important to
access such resources in a sustainable manner,
particularly considering global population
increases: “I think it is clear to all of us now that
our seas and oceans are a huge asset for our
economy. However, it should be equally clear
that our attitude towards them must change
radically. Traditional ways of exploiting maritime
resources are reaching their limits. At the same
“The industry also needs us to sponsor research on disease
prevention. European aquaculture is among the best in the world in
terms of health and consumer protection. We want to keep it that way.
Through Horizon 2020, over €40m will go to this kind of research
between 2014 and 2015.
“And it is also time the public realised how good our produce is.
Therefore, since December we have new labelling rules that will help
consumers see this.
“I wanted to give you these examples to show how Europe has a real
chance to become a true world leader in the increasingly competitive
blue economy of tomorrow. For that, we need to start working today.”
The Commission announced the development of the Blue Economy
Business and Science Forum in its May 2014 Communication,
‘Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and
oceans for jobs and growth’. In the document, the Commission
acknowledged the ‘important role’ of the private sector in helping
determine the research priorities of Horizon 2020 through current EU
apparatus, for example LeaderShip 2020, the Waterborne Platform, the
Aquaculture Platform and the European Sustainable Shipping Forum.
The EU institution also said that consideration is needed for ‘further cross-
fertilisation of ideas and research results’ between key players in the
blue economy.
Speaking to delegates, Vella outlined the launch of the new blue economy
forum in more detail: “One of the next steps is to join the Blue Economy
Business and Science Forum that the European Commission is setting
H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
S O C I E TA L C H A L L E N G E S : E N V I R O N M E N T
The AtlantOS project
aims to overcome
difficulties in current
monitoring activities
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