Initiative in support of Blue Economy in Med
The European Commission on 19 April 2017 launched a new initiative for the development of Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean region, which includes hubs such as Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis. The initiative, explains a statement by the Commission, will increase maritime safety, promote the growth of Blue Economy and job creation, and preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity. Blue Economy is born from the classic concept of sustainable development, but goes further, developing towards four specific guidelines of sustainability: economic, social, environmental and cultural.
“The new regional initiative – explains EU Enlargement Commissioner and Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn – recognizes and draws on the economic potential of the Mediterranean Sea and its coasts to further boost economic growth in order to help create Work and stabilize the region. ” It is also, Hahn explains, “of an important step towards closer coordination and cooperation between the participating countries.” As a result of years of dialogue between five EU countries on the north coast of the Mediterranean (Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Malta) and five of the southern shores (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia), Covers coastal guard activities, accident response and oil spill, environmental conservation, biotechnology, data sharing and tourism. Three stated objectives: a safer maritime space, an intelligent and durable blue economy, improved maritime governance.