New approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU

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Information memo: New approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU

Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge : Anna Cameron / Anna Khatchatrian
  3. Contact


The EU’s Blue Economy encompasses all the economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts (e.g. shipping, fisheries, land-based aquaculture, marine and coastal tourism, ports, shipyards). In the next few years, the imperative of decarbonisation will likely change the face of the maritime economy, and more change is to be expected because of digitalization, climate change and the COVID-19 crisis. This systemic change carries with it threats and opportunities that transcend national borders and that need managing if we are to ensure long-term sustainability.

The Commission's initiative seeks to transform the blue economy under the European Green Deal’s axes of decarbonisation, zero pollution, circularity and biodiversity.