Opportunities and challenges for Blue SMEs and Maritime regions


Opportunities and challenges for Blue SMEs and Maritime regions

Hosted by MEP Josianne Cutajar, SEArica Vice-Chair for SMEs and Digitalisation

Organised with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions

25 January 2023 – 9:30-11:30 (Brussels Time)

European Parliament, Room SPINELLI 3H1 & online

Have a look at the video message of Karmenu Vella, former European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Please find HERE the recording of the meeting


Blue SMEs, active in sectors such as marine renewable energy, shipping, fisheries and aquaculture, coastal tourism and marine biotechnology, are vital to the long-term success of the blue economy and the sustainable development of maritime regions.

However, many businesses in these sectors are facing barriers to growth and are currently under great pressure because of the reduced energy supply and price increase caused by the present geopolitical situation. In addition, they are expected to keep pace with the green and digital transition and adapt their business models to new needs and requirements.

While the existence of funding schemes supporting blue SMEs and start-ups at the EU, national and regional levels, is very positive and signalises the importance of the SME ecosystem for Europe’s economy, the fragmentation and complexity of the funds lead to difficulties in their access.

In this context, it is important to provide concrete answers on how blue SMEs can overcome barriers and make use of digitalisation and greening opportunities.

This event, hosted by MEP Cutajar, SEArica Vice-Chair for SMEs and Digitalisation, will be the occasion to showcase the digitalisation challenges faced by blue SMEs and engage in a discussion on the available opportunities and ways to unlock their potential and fully support their development.


Event Properties

Event Date 25-01-2023 9:30
Event End Date 25-01-2023 11:30
European Parliament Brussels
Rue Wiertz, 1047 Bruxelles, Belgique
European Parliament Brussels
Categories Conférence 2019-2024,Blue Economy, Maritime Industries and Ports,Maritime Transport,Mediterranean
Attachment SEArica_Agenda_Blue SMEs Maritime regions.pdf

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With the support of the CPMR, Intergroup Secretariat