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21 Apr 2017

Maltese presidency conference highlights importance of research for Blue Growth

The current Maltese EU Council Presidency organised an Informal Ministerial Meeting on "Blue Growth and Ocean Governance in the EU and the Mediterranean, Innovation, and Nautical Tourism" in Valletta, Malta, on 20 April 2017. The aim of the conference was to discuss the future direction of the EU's Blue-Growth Initiative and the development of the implementation of ocean governance in the EU and the Mediterranean. The meeting also revolved around the importance of innovation for the sector’s competitiveness and the fight against climate change.

The need for continuous support by the EU and its Member States for the sustainable development of the European marine and maritime economy was stressed throughout the discussions, with special emphasis on International Ocean Governance to ensure that oceans are safe, secure and sustainably managed, as well as to research and innovation which can provide solutions to challenges and inefficiencies in this sector.

For more information:

Maltese Council Presidency - press release

Committee of the Regions - press release




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