The European maritime technology industry is an important sector in terms of employment, directly providing more than 500 000 jobs. Shipyards and firms manufacturing marine equipment make a significant contribution to the economic development of the regions where they are located, and across the entire supply chain, which is particularly important to SMEs. Each direct job in a European shipyard means, on average, seven jobs created in the region.
The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) aiming at setting out the measures that should be implemented in the maritime technology industry to achieve the Europe 2020 targets in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in particular by means of "blue growth".
The final Opinion will be transmitted to the European Institutions for consideration.