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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.

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.