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Maritime Policy and BLUE GROWTH

Sustainablegrowthfrom the oceans, seas, and coasts

Haitze Siemers


European Commission

Argonowski CC BY SA 3.0, 2008

Competitiveness of maritime activities

An industrialpolicy for the globalisation era

Development of necessaryskills

Agenda for new skills and jobs

Blue Growth

Europe 2020

Development of innovativesectors

An Innovation Union

A resource Efficient Europe

Sustainabledevelopment of maritime economy

Blue Growth

Blue Growth


Economic Growth




Blue Growth

Supporting economic activities for coastal regions and communities

Coastal regions home to over 205 million people

88 million people work there

The blue economy represents nearly €500 billion GVA and

5.6 million jobs

Blue Growth

Hans Hillewaert CC BY SA 3.0, 2008

A picture of the maritime economy communities

Blue Growth study

Mature, emerging and prospective sectors

Assessment of strengths and weaknesses

Policy considerations

Blue Growth

Activities with high growth and employment prospects communities

Mature economic activities

Coastal tourism and yachting

Emerging sectors

Offshore oil and gas

Cruise tourism

Coastal protection

Sectors in pre-development phase

Offshore wind

Short sea shipping

Marine monitoring and surveillance

Ocean renewable energy

Marine aquatic products

Marine mineral mining

Blue biotechnology

Blue Growth

Manuel Zublena, 2007

Foresight growth scenarios communities




Looking ahead

Framework conditions for growth – drivers & bottlenecks communities

Blue Growth

Ross, CC BY SA 2.0, 2008

Blue growth communication september 2012
Blue Growth Communication communitiesSeptember 2012

  • Link to Europe 2020

  • Sea Basins

  • Growth Policies (Short Sea Shipping, LeaderShip, innovation, research, technology)

  • Specific objectives:

    • Aquaculture

    • Maritime Tourism

    • Blue Biotech

    • Seabed mining

    • Ocean Energy

The limassol declaration 8 october 2012
The Limassol Declaration communities8 October 2012

  • Builds on Europe 2020

  • From Concept to Delivery

  • Link to Blue Book 2007

  • Maritime Policy agenda for next 5 years +

  • Innovation

  • Sustainability, Growth, Jobs

  • Access to finance: MFF 2014-2020

Maritime spatial planning and iczm
Maritime Spatial Planning (and ICZM) communities

  • Enable Growth at sea – harness potential

  • Sustainability

  • EU objectives

  • Human activities at sea are at the core

Study on economic effects of msp estimates
Study on economic effects of MSP (estimates): communities

  • Lower coordination cost

  • Reduced Administrative costs

  • Lower transaction costs: 400 million – 1,8 billion euros in 2030

  • Enhanced investment climate: 155 million – 1.6 billion euros in 2030

Why eu action
Why EU action? communities

Added value:

  • Supports and strengthensongoingdevelopment

  • Cross-border cooperation

  • Seamlessintegration

  • Efficiency gain, transparency, predictability, stability

    No interest:

  • Micromanagement

  • Addingneedlessregulation

Examples communities

  • Energy

    • North Sea offshore grid

    • Re-use of oil platforms

    • Interaction with shipping, fisheries, MPAs

    • Needs to cut costs – planning, licensing, research etc.

  • Environment

    • MSFD implementation

    • Natura 2000

    • Fisheries

  • Complementarities?

A few fundamentals
A few fundamentals communities

  • Defining objectives to guide MSP

  • Developing MSP in a transparent manner

  • Stakeholder participation

  • Coordination and simplifying decision processes

  • Cross-border cooperation and consultation

  • Incorporating monitoring and evaluation in the planning process

  • Achieving coherence between terrestrial and maritime spatial planning

  • Strong data and knowledge base

Blue Growth for the optimal use of marine resources communities

Contribution of the blue economy to Europe's growth

There is sustainable growth potential in all maritime areas

- All we need is to make it work

Blue Growth

Thank you for your attention communities