“BLUE DAY” conference, Augusta, Italy, 30 October 2014

The conference will take place at
Aircraft Carrier Cavour (Berth Cavour 4 and 5)
Commercial Port of Augusta
Contrada Punta Cugno, Building Ed1
96011 – Augusta, Italy

To access the online registration form, please follow this link: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/BLUE-ECONOMY-DAY-2014/start.php
We kindly ask you to register by 21 October 2014 at the latest.

The official working language of the event will be Italian, French and English.

Outline of the Programme

09:00-09:30  Registration (coffee)

09:30-11:00  Opening session

Europe is facing the double challenge of creating more growth and jobs than in the past, while making sure that economic growth is consistent with a good state of the environment and with the sustainable use of the planet resources. “Blue Growth” is a concept that integrates growth and ecosystems in one coherent policy vision. Healthy, well-managed oceans can be a source of food, jobs and prosperity; at the same time they must continue to provide the essential protection without which nine billion human beings cannot survive. Seas and oceans have an enormous, untapped potential for creating wealth in a vast number of fields. A number of new and innovative maritime sectors, such as offshore energy, green shipping, or blue biotech, as well as more traditional sectors, such as, maritime transport and fisheries, can be a major source of growth and jobs. If well managed, they can preserve and actually improve the state of the environment. The conceptual framework to support this vision is already there – in the Blue Growth agenda and the new Common Fisheries Policy.
– Moderator: Mr Roberto Napoletano, Director “Il Sole 24 Ore”
– Welcome address by Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi, Chief of Staff, Italian Navy.
– Introductory remarks. Mr. Maurizio Martina, Minister for Agriculture, Republic of Italy
– Ms. Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
– Ministers from Mediterranean countries (TBC)

11:00-11:30    Coffee break

11:30-13:00    Sustainable fisheries for food security
Two important steps towards common fisheries management have been achieved in 2014:
– the new EU Common Fisheries Policy which provides for multi-annual management plans on a regional basis;
– the endorsement of a new GFCM Agreement, which promotes multi-annual management plans as a main tool to achieve long-term sustainability of stocks and a better compliance with GFCM applicable rules
This is a new approach which will require concrete initiatives to be developed in the near future, with the active involvement of stakeholders. This session would discuss the new regulatory framework and the prospects and conditions for developing such initiatives.

13:00-14:30  Lunch

14:30-16:30  What Blue Growth paths for the MED? Re-thinking MED sea basin cooperation from a maritime perspective.
“Blue economy” provides enormous potential for smart, sustainable and inclusive economic and employment growth. Nevertheless, the diversity of economic, social, environmental, geographic, climatic and institutional characteristics of the Mediterranean countries demands a tailor-made approach to develop a new Mediterranean Blue Growth path.
This session will focus on gaps and needs that require joint or coordinated actions from the different shores of the Mediterranean to be effectively addressed, in sector such as maritime transport, ports, energy efficiency (emissions control, development of new fuels and engines), marine renewable energy, maritime clusters, skill development and vocational training. Panellists will debate on what mechanisms and tools could be put in place.