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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.

Regional stakeholder seminar on blue economy - Towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea

Preparations for the Regional Stakeholder Seminar on Blue Economy are well under way.

Registrations have closed !  The deadline for registrations ended in March 13th; 

Check out the new seminar agenda as of March 15h, to get information about the seminar and stay tuned for further updates on the dedicated page in the Facility website.

Clean Oceans Initiative: a joint initiative

Much of the plastic that ends up in the oceans comes from waste discarded on land or in rivers by the 2 billion people who don’t have waste collection services.

In October 2018, the EIB launched the Clean Oceans Initiative (COI) jointly with the KfW group and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Regional stakeholder seminar on blue economy - Towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea

Following the 2018 Burgas Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, the Facility for Blue Growth is pleased to announce the Regional stakeholder seminar on blue economy. The seminar will take place on 19 March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tourism in the BSEC Region

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) prepared a report on "Tourism in the BSEC Region" as a working document on the occasion of the Meeting of the BSEC Working Group on Cooperation in Tourism, held in Istanbul (Turkey) on 2 November 2018. The report was prepared by UNWTO’s Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department in cooperation with the Regional Department for Europe.

The report is available here.

World Bank Announces New Global Fund for Healthy Oceans

The World Bank Group announced on Wednesday the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund that will support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution, managing fisheries and fostering the sustainable growth of coastal economies.

New study provides guidelines for successful maritime spatial planning.

The development of a maritime spatial plan (MSP) is a requirement under EU as well as national legislation. MSP aims to reduce or avoid conflicts between a variety of economic and noneconomic functions, but it is also a tool to identify and give the suitable room to new and changing spatial uses. But how can Member states and organisations prepare and cooperate to deliver efficient Marine Spatial Planning leading to success?

New project reinforces fishery control and monitoring in the Black Sea

The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has recently issued a recommendation regarding a multiannual management plan for turbot in the Black Sea (GFCM/41/2017/4).