Opinion Factsheet  

Innovation in the Blue Economy: Realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth

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Opinion Number: CDR 4835/2014
Rapporteur: BANASZAK Adam
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 03/12/2014
 
• To be defined in conjunction with the Rapporteur
• stresses the need to use a cross-policy integrated approach in the coordination of research policy, economic policy, the common fisheries policy and transport policy.
• calls for a broader focus on the aquaculture sector and marine, coastal and cruise transport;
• calls for the creation of a specific Knowledge and Innovation Community for the Blue Economy as a further measure for the development of skills and the transfer of ideas from marine research to the private sector;
• calls on the European Commission to further extend the use of scientific research in its efforts to achieve regionalisation in the common fisheries policy.
• notes that protection and conservation of marine ecosystems must be a key element in European maritime policy;
• recommends the development of clearly defined performance indicators for growth and innovation in the blue economy;
• notes that Commission's plans to increase SME participation in the blue economy should be backed by adequate financial assistance under both existing and future programmes. The need for funding is particularly visible in the aquaculture sector;
• notes that an enhanced policy framework for the inclusion of private business in the blue economy is necessary. Businesses should have an important voice in identifying research needs as well as in formulating norms, standards and business-friendly solutions;
• stresses that entrepreneurship in the blue economy extends beyond operations in our seas and oceans. It is important to plan appropriate support for onshore businesses related to the blue economy such as local fish processing plants to create a sustainable business environment for local fishermen.
notes that PPPs should not only be used for the blue economy for the purpose of acquiring large businesses as private partners. Public-private partnerships should take account of the financial potential and risk management capacity appropriate for the small and medium-sized business sector which will also allow smaller authorities to use the resources held by such businesses.
The CoR's NAT commission appointed Mr Adam BANASZAK as rapporteur on Innovation in the Blue economy on 05/06/2014, less than a month after the publication of the communication of the European Commission COM(2014) 254, which gives the opinion a forward looking character and opens up the possibility to have a significant impact on policy shaping in the field. This is confirmed also by the immediate invitation for Mr Banaszak to give a keynote speech on a high-level policy conference in Bari, Italy.

At the time of the adoption of the opinion in plenary session on 03/12/2014 the file was still in its preparatory phase at the European Parliament. On 08/09/2015 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on innovation in the blue economy (European Parliament resolution of 8 September 2015 on untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth), which has taken up some of the points raised in the CoR opinion:

The EP resolution on Innovation in the Blue Economy takes account of the CoR opinion in the preamble of the document (citations, line 17), linking to the text of the CoR opinion in Official Journal.

CoR points partially taken up in the EP resolution:

P.1 of the resolution ("…points out that the communication is of limited scope and does not cover all sectors making up the blue economy; calls on the Commission to adopt an integrated and more comprehensive approach encompassing the challenges of innovation and job creation over the whole varied range of interacting sectors;") takes up partially P. 6 ("stresses the need to use a cross-policy integrated approach in the coordination of research policy, economic policy, the common fisheries policy and transport policy") and P. 27 of the CoR opinion ("notes that the communication does not take account of some areas with the biggest share in the blue economy such as shipbuilding, maritime transportation and blue energy")

Paragraps O (Preamble), 2, 5, 6, 54, 57 of the EP resolution refer to the ecosystems-based environment protection in a similar way as P. 7, 8, 13, 22 of the CoR opinion.

P. 31 of the EP resolution takes up points 12 and 31 of the CoR opinion in which the Committee requests the creation of a Knowledge and Innovation Community for the Blue Economy (P. 12) and adequate financial backing under both existing and future programmes (P. 31)

On inter-institutional level, the elaboration of the opinion very much helped develop and strengthen the working relation with EC's DG MARE. Since the adoption in the NAT commission (03/10/2014) the CoR has been regularly invited to participate in meetings of the high-level Atlantic strategy group, an informal group focused on blue economy organised by the Atlantic countries and hosted by EC's DG MARE.
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- stresses the need to use a cross-policy integrated approach in the coordination of research policy, economic policy, the common fisheries policy and transport policy.

- calls for a broader focus on the aquaculture sector and marine, coastal and cruise transport;

- calls for the creation of a specific Knowledge and Innovation Community for the Blue Economy as a further measure for the development of skills and the transfer of ideas from marine research to the private sector;

- calls on the European Commission to further extend the use of scientific research in its efforts to achieve regionalisation in the common fisheries policy.

- notes that protection and conservation of marine ecosystems must be a key element in European maritime policy;

- recommends the development of clearly defined performance indicators for growth and innovation in the blue economy;

- notes that Commission's plans to increase SME participation in the blue economy should be backed by adequate financial assistance under both existing and future programmes. The need for funding is particularly visible in the aquaculture sector;

- notes that an enhanced policy framework for the inclusion of private business in the blue economy is necessary. Businesses should have an important voice in identifying research needs as well as in formulating norms, standards and business-friendly solutions;

- stresses that entrepreneurship in the blue economy extends beyond operations in our seas and oceans. It is important to plan appropriate support for onshore businesses related to the blue economy such as local fish processing plants to create a sustainable business environment for local fishermen.

- notes that PPPs should not only be used for the blue economy for the purpose of acquiring large businesses as private partners. Public-private partnerships should take account of the financial potential and risk management capacity appropriate for the small and medium-sized business sector which will also allow smaller authorities to use the resources held by such businesses.

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The European Sea - EU Integrated Maritime Policy and Blue Growth

Mr Banaszak contributed in the first roundtable discussion during the high-level sea event organised by the Jean Monnet Chair

Open Conference – “The European Sea” (20thof March 2018) EU Integrated Maritime Policy and Blue Growth”

 
20 Mar
 

European Parliament

European Parliament resolution of 8 September 2015 on untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth. The European Parliament included in its recommendations the possible creation of a Knowledge and Innovation community (KIC) focused on the Blue economy (P. 31)

 
07 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Article of CoR Rapporteur Banaszak published in EP Magazine: " Blue growth key to EU economic prosperity"

 
04 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

European Maritime Day Conference in Piraeus (Greece) on 28 and 29 May 2015: The Conference focuses on ports and coasts as engines for Blue Growth. Mr Banaszak presented his opinion and delivered a speech during Thematic session 3: "Ports: innovation hubs ofthe Blue Economy"

 
27 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur Adam Banaszak presented CoR's opinion in a bilateral meeting with MEP Isabelle THOMAS, European Parliament rapporteur for the dossier in the PECH committee. The main points of the dossier were subject of a constructive discussion that took place before the first discussion of the file in European Parliament's PECH committee.

 
23 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur Adam Banaszak discussed the "Blue Economy" dossier in a bilateral meeting with MEP Marek Gróbarczyk (PL/ECR), shadow rapporteur for EP's ITRE committee.

 
23 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

The CoR Plenary session adopted the opinion.

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Keynote speech of Adam BANASZAK at the conference "Blue Economy and Geo-informational services for sustainable growth in Coastal Regions", organised by the Region of Puglia, the Italian presidency of the Council, EURISY and CRPM.

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission adopted the draft opinion presented by Mr Banaszak.

 
02 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR's rapporteur Mr Adam Banaszak met the team of European Commission's DG MARE responsible for the elaboration of the blue growth agenda. They presented their vision of how the Innovation in the Blue economy should be supported in future as well as the results achieved so far. Major points of the future opinion were discussed.

 
21 Jul
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

 
 

Stakeholder meeting with the participation of European regions and representatives of the industry. Stakeholders' point of view substantially contributes to a better understanding of possible and existing problems that need to be addressed on policy level. One of the more broadly discussed questions during the consultation was the use of satellite imaging data for the needs of local and regional authorities and the lack of technical capacity on local and regional level to use satellite data that is already freely available.

 
21 Jul
 

Council

Council Conclusions On The Integrated Maritime Policy: Achievements And Future Developments Of The Maritime Agenda For Growth And Jobs from 24 June 2014

 
23 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

NAT commission designates Mr Adam Banaszak as rapporteur on Blue Economy

 
04 Jun
 

European Commission

The European Commission publishes a Communication on Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth

 
07 May
 

European Commission

Joint press conference of commissioners Geoghean-Quinn (Research, Innovation and Science) and Damanaki (Maritime Affaires and Fisheries) presenting the strategy of the EU for blue growth.

 
07 May