Registration for the first stakeholder conference of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum on 7th December in Amsterdam, is now OPEN 


The forum has the ambition to bring together all types of stakeholders to voice  their needs,  concerns and shape the future of this promising area. 


Get involved, learn more and share your views at the event: 


The  Blue Bioeconomy Forum (BBF) is an initiative of the European Commission to boost the development of the blue bio-economy in Europe. 


It will serve to partners from all areas be it  public, private, research or finance to shape  the future of this promising area using aquatic biomass as a source for value added products such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. 


The scope of Forum, however, does not cover “traditional” uses of biomass, such as fishing. 

The BBF focuses on novel applications, including non-food, waste/discards, feed and food. 

How can you get involved? 


  *   Join the LINKED IN group:  LinkedIn page 


  *   Register to the newsletter 


  *   Read the interview with Commissioner Vella 


  *   Read more about the Blue Bioeconomy Forum 

Few words from the MEPs

In May, the mandate of the eighth European Parliament is coming to an end.


For SEARICA this term has been very successful. Initiatives of the Intergroup strengthened the maritime dimension of EU legislation and its Members organised about 50 events organised in the past four years. However, a few weeks remain, and The SEARICA Intergroup is looking forward to welcoming you to its last series of conferencesand events in this term:


On February 26, we have an event on Sustainable Seaweeds Aquaculture to present balanced and long-term recommendations for current seaweed aquaculture practices within the PEGASUS project.


On March 6 The Intergroup organises an event together with DG MARE to discuss economic benefits of MPAs.


On March 7, Members of SEARICA will meet with the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization.


On March 20, there will be a joint event by SEARICA and the H2020 funded projects ResponSEAble and MARINA to highlight the importance of Ocean Literacy.


Our final SEARICA conference will take place on April 9 during which we want to reflect on past maritime achievements and look at future challenges and their solutions.


Finally, we are also happy to announce that, on the initiative of SEARICA President Gesine Meissner, the European Parliament will hold a high-level conference on ‘OCEANS: The future of the Blue Planet’ on March 19, 2019 with the support of the SEARICA Intergroup.


We hope to see you soon!

Related News

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.