Opinion Factsheet  

Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean

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Opinion Number: CDR 2951/2017
Rapporteur: AZZOPARDI Samuel
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 31/01/2018
 
Goal 1 – A safer and more secure maritime space
Goal 2 – A smart and resilient blue economy
Goal 3 – Better governance of the sea
During the West-Med ministerial meeting on 29-30 Nov 2017 The CoR has been attributed an observer seat in the steering group of the initiative.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



 considers that unless safety and security measures are effectively in place and duly enforced in the region, the blue economy cannot operate sustainably and effectively;

 concurs that a smart and resilient blue economy can only be attained through the adoption of a culture of constant innovation and knowledge sharing and the promotion of sustainable competitiveness and economic activities

 fully agrees with the action promoting the development of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture and the dissemination of best practices in order to enhance the fishing and aquaculture industry whilst ensuring proper regional data collection and scientific evaluations, in full respect of international legislation

 encourages the exchange of best practices, capacity building and cross-border cooperation between LRAs from all sides of the Mediterranean

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West Med Ministerial Declaration 30 November 2017 NAPLES IT

On 30 November 2017 the Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries gathered in Naples, Italy, to endorse and launch the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean – a goal-oriented series of joint actions to make the common sea space safer, cleaner and more productive.

The European Committee of the Regions has officially been assigned a seat as an observer in the WestMed Steering Committee.

 
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