The European Commission proposed on May 17 a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. According to the Commission, a sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.


Commission Executive Vice-President for the Green Deal Frans Timmermans noted that healthy oceans are a precondition for a thriving blue economy. “Pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction, coupled with the effects of the climate crisis, all threaten the rich marine biodiversity that the blue economy depends on. We must change tack and develop a sustainable blue economy where environmental protection and economic activities go hand in hand,” Timmermans said.

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