InnoBlueGrowth organises its next transnational Capitalization & Community Building event entitled "The Cluster approach for a sustainable Blue Growth in the Mediterranean" next June 20-21, 2018 in Athens, Greece.  
This event will have a dual approach, revolving around the theme of "clusters." The first day will be applied to capitalization with a focus on Maritime Surveillance, in collaboration with the PROteuS project. 
PROteuS aims to establish a Mediterranean Maritime Surveillance Cluster, fostering innovation and R&D capacities, knowledge and technology transfer, as well as transnational cooperation among the involved key Maritime Surveillance actors, focusing on maritime security and safety mechanisms in the basin area.
The second day will have a community building approach. It will give the opportunity to decision-makers, stakeholders, end-users, SMEs, the academia, etc. to  exchange methodologies,ideas & best practices of clustering, outlining clusters challenges and benefits for the sustainable development of the blue economy.
This third transnational event will increase the visibility of the Blue Growth community and its impact on the policy making process at regional, local, national and Mediterranean level. A common message for the value of maritime clusters in the Mediterranean area will be released later on, in order to raise awareness and enhance social acceptance for a sustainable economic growth. 
The two-day transnational event will be held at Titania Hotel, Panepistimiou 52, Athens, Greece.
You can click HERE to register.
For more information please contact
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Few words from the MEPs

2018 marked some positive changes: the directive on single-use plastics is a milestone to combat marine litter and the Blue Economy continues to grow with an above average growth. The SEARICA Intergroup organised successful events throughout the year covering a wide variety of topics from green shipping, underwater noise, to the protection of biodiversity. The highlight was certainly an exhibition on plastic litter in the oceans in front of the European Parliament attracting several thousand visitors.

With the European elections coming up, 2019 will be an exciting year as well! Important decisions for the marine environment will be made. Horizon Europe, the research and innovation framework programme will succeed Horizon 2020 and we hope that sufficient financial resources will be allocated to fund marine research topics. Hence, Searica strongly supports the idea of a Mission: Healthy Ocean as part of Horizon Europe.

With the negotiations on Invest EU and the EMFF being in its final stages, we also hope that the Blue Economy will be considered in the Multiannual Financial Framework so that investment in new maritime markets, technologies and services such as ocean energy or marine biotechnology can be boosted.

Furthermore, as Special Envoy of the President of the European Parliament on Maritime Policy, Searica President Gesine Meißner could secure the funding for a high-level Ocean Conference at the European Parliament. The event is still in preparation and will take place in March or April.

For Searica the year will begin with a conference on Research and Development for the European Waterborne sector on the 24th of January. Another Conference on Banking on the Blue Economy will follow on the 30th of January.

 

 

 

What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.