The ocean is at the foundation of life in the planet and plays a vital role in safeguarding that some of our most basic needs are met. The Blue Economy comprises all activities that are linked to the water, the sea and the oceans. It relies not only on more traditional forms of utilisation (e.g. fishing and aquaculture), but also combines a broader vision of activities that can offer important sources of sustainable economic development for Member States and coastal communities in particular. The Blue Economy can contribute to a large extent to Europe’s green ambitions. A sustainable Blue Economy enables society to obtain value from the oceans and coastal regions, whilst respecting their long-term ability to regenerate and endure such activities through the implementation of sustainable practices. This implies that human activities must be managed in a way that guarantees the health of the oceans and safeguards long-term economic productivity, so that the potential they offer can be realised and sustained over time. The annual EU Blue Economy Report aims to continuously improve the measuring and monitoring of the socio-economic performance of the Blue Economy (for the 2009-2019 period in the current edition), while taking its environmental impacts into account. The EU is determined to deliver on European Green Deal, with the adoption of the ‘Fit for 55 package’, implementation of the Zero Pollution Action Plan, and with other initiatives being prepared, at the same time as it ensures a transition based on sustainable economic growth and employment. Besides, the insight of the Sustainable Blue Economy Communication, can help achieve this sustainable growth objective while protecting and restoring nature, fighting pollution, and tackling climate change.





Questo Rapporto sull’economia circolare in Italia fa il punto della situazione che nel 2022 sta segnando le sorti geopolitiche ed economiche europee. Gli eventi drammatici degli ultimi anni (l’aggravarsi della crisi climatica, la pandemia, l’invasione dell’Ucraina) hanno fatto schizzare in alto i costi delle materie prime. C’è più che mai bisogno di economia circolare. Ma l’Unione Europea e l’Italia stanno accelerando in questa direzione?

La prima notizia che emerge non è positiva: l’obiettivo del disaccoppiamento tra crescita e consumo di risorse in Italia non è stato raggiunto: la ripresa economica del 2021 ha trainato un analogo aumento del consumo di risorse. Però, pur con queste difficoltà, emerge anche un dato positivo.

L’Italia rimane un passo avanti rispetto ai suoi competitor europei: è al primo posto, assieme alla Francia, nella classifica delle 5 principali economie europee. Nel 2020 il tasso di utilizzo circolare della materia nell’Unione Europea è stato pari al 12,8%: l’Italia è arrivata al 21,6%.


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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
Biannual Flash News on Blue Economy Welcome to the 10th issue of the biannual flash news on blue economy in the Mediterranean region!

You will find the most updated information related to the work of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and its partners to promote the blue economy in the Mediterranean region
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Annex part 1

Annex part 2


Blue Economy Infographicsc

Dynamic European Maritime Clusters
Maritimt Forum, Norway and Dutch Maritime Network
in cooperation with European Network of Maritime Clusters, 2006, Amsterdam.

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