In this issue

EU and UK reach agreement on fishing opportunities for 2022
AGRIFISH Council adopts 2022 fishing opportunities for the North-East Atlantic
Fisheries Ministers decide fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and in the Black Seas
Join the second Pan-European Cruise Dialogue in March
Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking launched
EU pushes for stronger ocean governance at UN General Assembly
Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’ a powerful wave of actions for our ocean, seas and waters!
Sealogy: preparing the future of the sustainable blue economy

OCEAN by Euronews:
Euronews OCEAN Season 3 Episode 13 – EU and Africa: A partnership for sustainable fisheries

Stories of the monts:
BIOGEARS: bio-based materials for sustainable European aquaculture
Teknofisk: Trawling to a new tune
Upcycling: New life for marine litter with Litter Spain inclusion project
Other success stories

Map of the month:
Regional fisheries management organisations

Job opportunities:
Administrators in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries

2nd Pan-European Cruise Dialogue
BlueInvest Africa
European Maritime Day

The 2022 common fisheries policy and common market organisation reports: your opinion counts – take part in targeted consultations
Action plan to conserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems: Your opinion counts – take part in targeted consultation

Funding opportunities:
Innovative multi-use projects combining offshore renewable energy with other activities and/or with nature protection in the Atlantic
Action for a CISE incident alerting system (EMFAF-2021-PIA-CISE)
Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) projects (EMFAF-2021-PIA-MSP)
EMFAF call for proposals to boost regional cooperation for a sustainable blue economy
EMFAF call for proposals to implement Maritime Spatial Planning
BlueInvest Platform

Pubblications and studies:
The identification of measures to protect by-catch species in mixed-fisheries management plans (ProByFish) – Final Report
Study on integrating an ecosystem-based approach into maritime spatial planning – Project case-study reports
Study on integrating an ecosystem-based approach into maritime spatial planning – What are the lessons from current practice in applying ecosystem-based approaches in maritime spatial planning? : results from the literature review
Study on integrating an ecosystem-based approach into maritime spatial planning – Project final report : summary of project activities



Issue Nº 10 – April 2021
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What a year it was. We started off with a good event in Brussels in February and soon after Europe went into lockdown. Thanks to digital systems and your flexibility we were able to connect and discuss maritime matters. What 2021 has in store for us is yet to be found out but I am looking forward to continue our cooperation and calls and hopefully we can meet after summer.

A few things I would like to share with you and please send me an e-mail or give me a call when you have remarks or questions.

  • EU Green Deal. As you are probably all aware there is the debate on a European emission trading system (ETS) for maritime. The consultation has opened and will last until the 5th of February.

In terms of funding for green projects the draft delegated act linked to the EU Taxonomy for maritime is subject to consultation until today. Many associations and companies shared their views. The delegated act provides criteria on how assess whether a transaction lives up to the EU Taxonomy. Question is whether the criteria do support the energy transition or that they are too rigid. More information can be found via EU taxonomy for sustainable activities | European Commission (

  • The EU strategy for offshore renewable energy was published on the 19th of November. The strategy is linked to the climate neutral goal in 2050 and focus is on increasing the capacity for offshore wind significantly from 12 GW today to 300 GW in 2050. Floating assets (wind and solar) are part of the strategy and the relevance of a solid long term framework to attract financing parties. More to be read at offshore_renewable_energy_strategy.pdf (

–          Since quite a few of you are interested in better usage of data the data regulation is interesting to follow up on. On the 25th of November the European Commission announced new rules for data and data sharing in order to enhance the competitiveness of the internal market. Please find more via European Data Governance | Shaping Europe’s digital future (


  • Of interest to all of us is the strategic importance of the maritime cluster for the European economy. Green and digital recovery is a key item on the agenda. The renewed industry strategy is schedules for first half of 2021 and it provides a good moment to strengthen the maritime position. The various maritime sectors contribute in many ways to Europe’s society and should be known. I will follow up specifically on this topic in January but please note within your clusters the debate in Parliament.
  • Very recently the sustainable and smart mobility strategy was launched by the European Commission. An extensive series of documents that involves all relevant topics linked to transport. It includes delivering of zero emission vessels in 2030. Happy to share my analysis with you after the Holiday break. For now please find the relevant documents at A fundamental transport transformation (

–         During our last ENMC meeting we spoke about the mission Starfish that has a focus on healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters. Coordinator is Pascal Lamy, former CEO of the World Trade Organization. The report is worth a read and I would to like to continue our dialogue on this. Please find more information via

  • A potentially interesting conferencing has been announced for 2021: the G-STIC 2021 will take place in Dubai. In the 2020 edition focus was also on ocean health and maritime sustainability. For the 2021 edition the maritime theme could be centered around digitalization. Please have a look at the website and let me know if you would like to hear more about it:;;


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The European maritime cluster faces an interesting second half of 2020. With a European Union focusing on a green and digital future for Europe, the insecurities due to COVID-19 still around and a global economy that is somewhere in between survival and recovery mode it is time to look ahead and give a clear voice to what the maritime sector can do to strengthen the blue backbone of the European Union and what is needed to deliver.


ENMC stakeholder event

Monday 28 September the half yearly stakeholder meeting with our members and maritime associations in Brussels took place. We spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the maritime value chain, the difficulties with crew changes and operational business but also about the opportunities arising from the recovery strategy of the European Commission. Quite a few ENMC members were present as well as representatives from amongst others SEA Europe, ECSA and Feport. We aim to increase the number of maritime associations present at these meetings since we unanimously agreed that cooperation within the maritime cluster is key. Bringing a clear voice on the relevance of the maritime cluster to Brussels, enhancing regional cooperation and increasing the availability and accurateness of data were three of the main topics. For the first and second I will prepare a discussion note to be spoken about during the annual meeting and for the third one talks with ECSA and SEA Europe are ongoing and I will update you during the annual event.


DIGITAL annual event ENMC

On 22nd of October the annual event of ENMC will take place from 9h30 to 16h00. Please note that this event will be a digital meeting via Microsoft TEAMS as you received the invite due to COVID 19. We have two interesting guest speakers: one is the director of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the other speaker is from DG Mare and will have a dialogue with us on the renewed Blue economy strategy. The agenda for the meeting has been sent and please let us know if there are topics missing.


A few relevant topics on the agenda of the European Commission

Recovery and resilience facility

The European Union put in place an incredible financial package to strengthen Europe’s economy and push it towards a green and digital future. The approximately EUR 670 billion recovery and resilience facility is at the heart of the is package. Member states are invited to deliver their proposals in the second quarter of 2021 (30 april 2021) as is understood now. More can be found via


FuelEU Maritime

FuelEU Maritime focuses on the switch to alternative fuels. Legislation and the impact assessment are expected in the fourth quarter of 2020. More information on the recent consultation can be found here


Renewal Blue Economy Strategy

The Blue Economy strategy will be reviewed and renewed and the process starts in October. The idea is to think in themes instead of in sectors and the circular economy and decarbonization are relevant items. Renewable energy is of course an important topic as are the dynamics related to maritime spatial planning. Waterborne transport is still the cleanest mode of transport and it needs safe routes and futureproof ports. The strategy should be delivered early spring and ENMC has been asked to join the discussions.


Broadening the network

ENMC is reaching out to the automotive sector in order to learn from other industries. A meeting is planned to be set up in the fourth quarter of this year. Furthermore new meetings with DG Mare are on the list: one should focus on the Blue Invest Fund and the other on maritime data and new innovative parts of the maritime cluster.


Maritime events coming up

Please find via the maritime events coming up. I would like to highlight one that is organized by SEARICA on the 14th of October ‘Maritime Industries: Recovering from the Covid-19 crisis and building a strong renewal strategy’. A relevant event for many of us and the basis for our renewed dialogue with SEARICA.

Registration can be done via

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VI Rapporto sull’economia del mare.
Cluster marittimo  in Italia Europa e Mediterraneo
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Questa VI Edizione del Rapporto sull’economia del mare coincide con le celebrazioni dei Venticinque anni dall’istituzione della Federazione del Mare ed ancora una volta pone in risalto il ruolo strategico ai fini dello sviluppo della nostra economia marittima.

Il progetto che la Federazione del Mare persegue dal 1994 nell’approfondire il nesso tra le attività marittime nazionali e lo sviluppo socio-economico del Paese, si concretizza in questo nuovo Rapporto realizzato sempre insieme alla Fondazione Censis, per assicurare autorevolezza e continuità allo studio, ma anche con analisi ampliate all’Europa e al Mediterraneo, condotte a cura di Cogea e di SRM (Centro studi collegato al Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo).

Giunto alla sesta edizione, il Rapporto sull’economia del mare, oltre ad evidenziare che il valore prodotto dall’economia del mare e la sua importanza socio-economica – con le significative ricadute occupazionali del cluster marittimo, sia dirette che indotte nel resto dei settori della nostra economia – sono fattori indispensabili per lo sviluppo del Paese, conferma lo sviluppo e i successi raggiunti, indicando anche le sfide che si devono affrontare sia in Europa che nel Mediterraneo, in una fase storica particolarmente delicata come è quella attuale.

Quella legata al mare è una realtà che per il suo rilievo e la sua integrazione ben richiederebbe una più efficace e coerente attenzione sul piano politico e amministrativo, questione quanto mai sentita tra i soggetti pubblici e privati che in essa operano da quando le competenze marittime sono state progressivamente disperse tra più dicasteri, compromettendo le possibilità di elaborazione di una politica nazionale del settore e di una sua promozione in ambito europeo.


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Annex part 1

Annex part 2


Blue Economy Infographicsc

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The last weeks and months have been a rollercoaster for all of us. Almost every European country has taken strict measures to protect the health of its citizens and manage the impact of the worldwide health crisis. Due to the closing of borders and a steep decline in industrial production European countries are faced with a falling demand and see their economies heading for a downfall. Economic and financial packages are introduced on a European level and on national levels.

In this newsletter we would like to share a few key items that impact the whole of the maritime industry.

1. Many countries have taken economic and financial measures. Keeping track of all of them is quite a task. The IMF COVID tracker is very helpful in understanding the statistics of countries worldwide. The tracker can be found via the following link:

2. Renewal and/ or introduction of strategies of the European Commission is continuing. Two topics that are on the agenda and which are relevant to our cluster:

  1. A European strategy on the future of the blue economy.
  2. A strategy on renewable (offshore) energy.

Both are relevant however ENMC can play its best role in contributing to the blue economy strategy as it combines the various interests of all of our niche sectors. Both strategies will be developed coming months/ this year.

3. Early March the European Commission announced the climate law to meet the EU’s 2050 net zero emissions target. The climate law has to be approved by the European Parliament and member states. For more information:

Furthermore the Technical Expert Group (TEG) has published its final report on the EU Taxonomy in the first half of March. The Taxonomy gives a clear view of what can be seen as green finance and which investments can be labeled as sustainable. More information is found on via the link:

4. Relevant events (some have been postponed until a later date):

  1. European Maritime Days were to take place 14 – 15 May in Cork and are postponed to later date possibly this year.
  2. COP26 (UN Climate Conference) was scheduled for November this year in Glasgow and has been postponed to a later date, yet unknown.
  3. The yearly international WISTA conference is planned for 16 – 18 September in Hamburg. More information via
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European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) discusses the future of the maritime industry during EU Shipping Week.

It was with great pleasure that the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) welcomed the maritime stakeholders at the European Shipping Week to discuss the future of the European maritime industry and the economics of the clusters behind it. The President of the ENMC, Arjen Uytendaal welcomed the new Commissioner Sinkeviçius (Environment, Oceans and Fisheries) who addressed in his speech the opportunity of the maritime clusters to be pioneers. During the stakeholder dialogue the key topics for ENMC for 2020 were listed.


One year anniversary of the ‘Blauwe Cluster’ in Belgium

Just one year old and already very successful. On the 24th of January the Belgian maritime cluster celebrated its birthday with over 180 people at the state of the art Maritime Research Centre in Oostende. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of the Cluster. With the diversity of members the ‘Blauwe Cluster’ has, it is likely to make 2020 a very interesting year. Belgian minister Crevits underlined the relevance of the cooperation and expressed her support for the cluster’s ambitions.


European Maritime Day

14 and 15 May the European Maritime Day conference and expo (EMD) will take place in Cork, Ireland. At a time where the ocean economy is more and more linked to the land economy and sustainability is slowly but surely becoming part of the DNA of maritime clusters, the European Maritime Day conference offers the network and stage to discuss the blue future. Who of the ENMC members will attend?