The blue economy of the EU Atlantic area is one of the largest in Europe as it amounts to €65 billion gross value and employs more than 1.2 million people.
The European Commission reports that the Atlantic stakeholders are reviewing how they can help decarbonize the economy, reduce marine pollution and further promote a sustainable blue economy, looking at the new decade approaching with a new Commission and new funding instruments.
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In fact, the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, the annual event of the Atlantic Assistance Mechanism, which took place in Porto, Portugal, was a perfect occasion to discuss the revision and upgrade of the Atlantic Action Plan, the role of ports as blue economy hubs in the Atlantic Area, open innovation and creating a network of innovative ports and possible funding opportunities for the maritime industry among other issues.
Also, the INTERREG ATLANTIC AREA programme talks about some specific environmental actions and further possibilities to promote climate action in its next programming period.
In June, the European Commission has adopted a Communication, taking into consideration the implementation of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. It also launched a consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2020.
Also, the European Commission launched its assessment of Member States’ draft plans, to implement the EU’s Energy Union goals, focusing on the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate goals. The assessment highlights that although the plans represent significant efforts, there’s still room for improvement, concerning individual policies to be sure of the efficient delivery of 2030 targets.