Blue Economy anchor for EU Green Deal • Water News Europe - News EU water sector

Blue Economy anchor for EU Green Deal • Water News Europe - News EU water sector

The Blue Economy includes all activities that are marine-based or marine-related. With a turnover of 750 billion euros and 5 million jobs 2018 the Blue Economy has an important role to play in the EU Green Deal and the recovery of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Some sectors such as coastal and marine tourism are severely affected by the pandemic, but according to the European Commission the blue economy as a whole can contribute to a green recovery.

“Maritime renewable energy, food from the sea, sustainable coastal and maritime tourism, the blue bio-economy will help us come out of this crisis stronger, healthier, more resilient and more sustainable”, said Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries in June when the  EU Blue Economy Report 2020  was published. “We are doing everything we can to cushion the impact of the lockdown, protect the jobs in the blue economy and the wellbeing of our coastal communities, while retaining our environmental ambitions.”

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