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Building on the success of the two previous Stakeholder conferences organized respectively in Bucharest in 2014 and in Sofia in 2015, the European Commission in cooperation with Ukraine will stage a forum for blue growth in Odessa.
Cooperation in maritime affairs and the potential of the blue economy in the Black Sea have gained visibility and attention in the recent years. Government representatives and private stakeholders operating marine and maritime business endeavours, and coming from all coastal countries met in Bucharest (2014) and Sofia (2015) to identify areas of economic potential and mutual interest, and discuss avenues for cooperation. As a result, emerging areas such as maritime spatial planning found implementation through concrete cross-border cooperation projects, more funding for sustainable blue growth actions is made available through national operational programmes and cross-border cooperation programmes, while the public authorities acknowledge the need to adapt their policies and capacities to help the blue economy thrive.
The one-day event will focus on the added value of the blue economy in the Black Sea region and bring together successful entrepreneurs and policy makers on the table to debate on:
Working languages of the conference will be English and Ukrainian.
More informations on the website of the event.