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Opinion Number: CDR 3054/2021
Rapporteur: MARKAUSKAS Bronius
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 02/12/2021
 
greater use of regions, their smart specialisation strategies and their economic ecosystems to form Europe-wide cooperation networks capable of competing with international players. These networks, under the European Sea Tech label, should be able to respond to European Commission calls for proposals to develop and finance the first phases of their high-risk projects
a one-stop shop for aquaculture licences be set up as soon as possible in order to speed up the authorisation process and facilitate communication between stakeholders and different authorities at various levels; training modules on permit granting for local authorities, in order to speed up the application of EU rules.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



 stresses that vibrant oceans are a prerequisite for a thriving blue economy, and that this blue economy must function within ecological boundaries, according to the concept of planetary boundaries. Sustainable management of oceans and seas should therefore be a key priority, based on knowledge, awareness-raising and cross-border cooperation, in order to achieve the objectives of the EU strategic agenda;

 welcomes the European Commission's intention to set up a blue forum to pool knowledge and experience, create synergies, find creative solutions and promote the development of the sector, in addition to its intention to put together proposals to coordinate the use of funds in this area;

 urges the European Commission, with regard to sustainable investment in the maritime sector and in particular maritime industries, to make greater use of regions, their smart specialisation strategies and their economic ecosystems to form Europe-wide cooperation networks capable of competing with international players. These networks, under the European Sea Tech label, should be able to respond to European Commission calls for proposals to develop and finance the first phases of their high-risk projects;

 stresses that local and regional authorities have an important role to play in developing European aquaculture. In the field of fisheries, local and regional authorities are often responsible for the authorisation procedure and for managing and providing support to small and medium-sized enterprises operating on their territory, thus building up extensive experience in these areas. This proximity to the sector provides experience that must be recognised, coordinated and put to good use;

 proposes that a one-stop shop for aquaculture licences be set up as soon as possible in order to speed up the authorisation process and facilitate communication between stakeholders and different authorities at various levels; also recommends introducing training modules on permit granting for local authorities, in order to speed up the application of EU rules.

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Conference on Sustainable blue economy and aquaculture

The CoR rapporteur Mr Markauskas will open the event on "Sustainable blue economy and aquaculture in EU regions", co-organised by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions on 22 September 2022.

The objective of this event is to discuss the benefits and opportunities that aquaculture can offer to the sustainable development of regions across the EU and, thereby, engage relevant stakeholders at regional level in the implementation of the Strategic Guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030 adopted by the European Commission in May 2021. This event also offers the opportunity to present concrete examples of the successful integration of aquaculture in EU regions as well as relevant tools available to the regions to support the sustainable development of this activity.

 
22 Sep
 

Meeting with the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

The rapporteur will meet the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius to feed into his draft opinion on Sustainable blue economy and aquaculture.

 
25 Jun
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