Blue Energy, a cross-cutting issue part of the Blue Growth Agenda

Blue Energies in the Mediterranean capitalization seminar organized by the Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) of the CPMR in the framework of COM&CAP MarInA-Med project and hosted by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region was held in December 10th 2014 in Marseille.

The event was the meeting point where 80 participants, coming from various levels of organizations related to the blue energy sector such as local and regional authorities, the public and private sectors, universities and research centers, as well as the European Commission, came to discuss the state of development and perspectives of marine renewable energies in the Mediterranean basin, as well as the mobilization of financial resources and best practice exchanges in this matter.

Discussions were organized on the basis of the on-going research and results of EU Med Programme projects (e.g. BLUENEENERCOASTSMART-PORTMed-IAMERCoRINThos) dealing with blue energies and their environments, in link with on-going debates about key policy developments at EU level in this area through the important and constructive contributions of EU institutions and European stakeholder organizations representatives.

As rightly underlined by Christos THEOPHILOU representative of the European Commission, “Blue energies fall perfectly within the Integrated Maritime Policy of the European Union and also in the Blue Growth agenda.” Indeed, apart from benefiting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, “the blue energy sector could contribute to creating about 10,500-26,500 permanent and 14,000 temporary jobs by 2035.”

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