An info day takes place on 9 November in Brussels on the Sustainable Blue Economy call, launched by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. With a total budget of €14.5 million, the call will accelerate the implementation of the European maritime policy and the deployment of the Blue Economy across Europe and in the Mediterranean.
The day will mark the launch of one of the Commitments of the European Union at the global conference Our Ocean 2017 in Malta and is a direct step to concrete action for a sustainable Blue Economy.
The Sustainable Blue Economy call is made up of 4 strands to support innovation and bring research results closer to the market as well as increase capacity building and networking for a sustainable use of sea basins. In this way, the call will support sustainable job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the blue economy.
Two out of the four strands are open to Mediterranean partner countries, working with partners from an EU member state. They are:
Strand 3 - Blue networks for the Mediterranean with a budget of €3 million. It will promote networking to support job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea, through cooperation between a wide variety of stakeholders such as education and training institutes, maritime clusters and fisheries local communities from the EU and its partner countries in the Mediterranean.
Strand 4 - Joint actions for a sustainable Blue economy in the Mediterranean with a budget of €1.5 million. It will support the restoration of damaged or degraded coastal and marine ecosystems in zones of the Mediterranean with a high potential for a wide range of marine ecosystem services.