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The Blue Bioeconomy Forum publishes its European roadmap!

The sea has traditionally been a large source of economic prosperity and it offers large potential to contribute to achieving quite a number of Sustainable Development Goals, including life below water, climate action, decent work and responsible consumption.

Blue Economy Window call

On 25 November, the Executive Agency for SMEs organised an information day for the launch of the "Blue Economy Window" call that has a total budget of €2.5 million.

Watch the event online  

Under the 2019 call, organisations can get between €700,000 and €2,500,000 for their projects. Any for-profit SME based in the EU (single participant or a member of a consortium) can apply.

EU launches a Blending Facility to support sustainable transport projects

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) launched today a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Blending Facility. It seeks to promote the participation of private sector investors and financial institutions in projects contributing to the environmental sustainability and efficiency of transport in Europe.

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2020

In October 2019, the Commission has adopted its first ever proposal on fishing opportunities covering both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas.

10th meeting of the Black Sea SRIA group

The 10th Meeting of the Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea (BS SRIA) will take place on September 27th in Brussels.  The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss future steps and provide the group with information on the Black Sea CONNECT project that will support the implemenation of the SRIA and the development of the whole process.

You can find out the brochure on SRIA in our Key Documents.

 

UN Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

Tackle marine litter with the Marine LitterWatch App

Collect litter at the beach and become a scientist for the day with the Marine Litter Watch app!  

Litter, plastics in particular, is accumulating in our seas and coasts mainly due to current unsustainable consumption and production patterns, poor waste management and the lack of public awareness. Marine litter is an increasing threat to the marine environment, to human health and our well-being. It has cross border impacts on wildlife and habitats. Without tackling marine litter, Europe cannot have healthy seas.  

Commission invites top experts to shape new research and innovation missions

The European Commission launched a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.  These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large.  There will be five ‘Mission Boards’, one for each of the following areas:

Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea endorsed at Bucharest Ministerial Conference

The Ministers from the seven Black Sea countries – Bulgaria, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine – met in Bucharest today to endorse the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea. With this, the Black Sea region joins the rest of the sea basins bordering the EU in setting a basin-wide initiative for more, and more sustainable, economic growth.

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