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1-3 April 2019, Cascais, Portugal. The fourth Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour will be hosted by Portugal on 2 and 3 April 2019 in Cascais. Under the Co-Presidency of the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the UfM Ministerial Conference will encompass on the first day a Ministerial Policy Conference on “Jobs, skills and opportunities for all”, and on the second day the Ministerial Meeting.

More information: https://ufmsecretariat.org/ministerial-on-employment-and-labour/

The kick-off meeting organized by the EMFF took place in Brussels at the EASME premises on January 29th.

The partnership composed by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, OGS (Italy), University of Sfax - Department of Life Sciences, US (Tunisia) Polytechnic University of Madrid - Centre For Support For Technological Innovation, UPM CAIT (Spain) and the Higher Institute of Fishing Technologies and Aquaculture, ISPAB (Tunisia) received the grant for the project: "Developing Education and Employment Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region" (DEEP BLUE).

22 new sustainable blue projects have been selected for funding by the European Commission under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
104 companies from 22 countries will share €15.1 million. 
The call was divided into 4 strands. The biggest share goes to Demonstration and market projects (almost 9 million).
Blue networks and Fighting marine litter will share € 2.3 million for each strand.
One project was selected in the strand Restoring ecosystems and will receive €1.5 million.

What's next? Stay tuned!

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/european-commission-invest-145-millio...
About the project: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/deep-blue-developing-education-and-employm...

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the European Commission (EC), the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Euromed University of Fes (UEMF) jointly organise a regional seminar on Horizon 2020 to be held on 22 January 2019 on the UEMF campus in Fes, Morocco.

The seminar aims at reinforcing the cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) across the Mediterranean, and specially at enhancing the joint participation of stakeholders from both Northern and Southern countries in the last calls for proposals of the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU.

Main topics:

  • Food systems
  • Sustainable intensification in agriculture
  • Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings
  • Urban mobility and sustainable electrification in large urban areas
  • Human dynamics of climate change
  • Migration
  • Drivers and contexts of violent extremism

Further information: https://ufmsecretariat.org/horizon-2020-regional-seminar/

On the 4th of December in Algiers, Ministers of 10 Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative. The declaration, which also includes a roadmap to develop sustainable blue economy in the region, identifies the key programme initiatives to contribute to the WestMED cooperation strategy “by sharing its experience deriving from the results achieved by the projects funded within the previous programming period and those to be funded within the 2014-2020 Programming period.” (source: enpicbcmed)

Declaration of Algiers: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/

On the eve of the ministerial meeting, the Managing Authority participated in the stakeholder conference “Towards concrete blue actions in the western Mediterranean”. The cooperation and funding opportunities in the blue economy sector were presented to over 300 participants. The conference fostered exchange of project ideas among regional maritime stakeholders (businesses, researchers and institutes, national and local authorities).

Further information: http://www.westmed-initiative.eu/ 

Sustainable economic development is one of the three priorities of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM). In accordance with this priority, the Assembly decided to grant an award to a young entrepreneur from the Mediterranean partner countries who has been supported by her or his local/regional authority (LRA). This initiative is being proposed by the forthcoming draft ARLEM report on youth entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean.

To encourage LRA and young entrepreneurs to work together to ensure the dynamism of the region's economy, the award is aiming at showcasing successful examples of young entrepreneurship (up to 35 years old) in the Mediterranean region* (*Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey).
The winner will be announced at the award ceremony at the 10th ARLEM Plenary session in Seville on 26-27 February 2019.

More information: https://cor.europa.eu/ga/news/Pages/ARLEM-young-entrepreneur-prize.aspx

 

Towards concrete ‘blue’ actions in the western Mediterranean
Monday 3rd of December 2018 - Alger Centre, Algeria

This  conference aims to facilitate the exchange of project ideas and promote concrete project development among stakeholders in the region operating in the maritime sector (businesses, researchers, institutes, national and local authorities belonging to the western Mediterranean Countries).

The project ideas, concrete proposals and potential partnerships  discussed will benefit of the support put in place by the Assistance Mechanism set up by the European Commission to boost the implementation of the WestMED Initiative.

Agenda: http://www.westmed-initiative.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Preliminary-Programme-WestMED_English_24.10.2018-2.pdf
Registration: https://rsvp.digitevent.com/#/westmedconferencealger
More information: http://www.westmed-initiative.eu/

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call of a total budget of €18,7 million.

The call focuses on three topics:

You can receive up to 80% co-financing for your project (65% for Blue Economy topic).
The call opened for submissions on 23 October 2018 and applications can be submitted via the "Funding and opportunity Portal" until 31/01/2019.

Information day on the new Blue Economy call - 22 November 2018 in Brussels (link).

 

More information on: website

On the 18th and 19th of October 2018, the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS in Trieste (Italy) hosted the 6th GSO Meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue for Research, Innovation and Higher education within the western Mediterranean region.
The delegates discussed about the implementation steps of the current work plan approved in Tunis in 2017 for the biennium 2017-2018 and begin the preparation of the forthcoming ministerial conference that will take place in Italy on March/April 2019 in Rome (Italy).
 

OGS is glad to announce that 10 scholarships will be available for outstanding candidates selected among the applicants to the second edition of the Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth (2018/2019).
The scholarships will be dedicated to students coming from the Dialogue 5+5 member states (Western Mediterranean countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia) and Central European Initiative member states (Balkan countries).

The Advanced Master on Sustainable Blue Growth is jointly organized by  the University of Trieste and the OGS, the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics for researchers, scientists and managers. The aim of the Master is to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and highly skilled talents that will be needed to support expanding marine and maritime sectors. The focus of the Master is on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy.

The application deadline is the 15th of October!

Click here for the online form.

The European Commission (EC) published the first annual report on the state of the EU blue economy. The report shows that the European maritime economy is a driver of economic growth, jobs and innovation.

Representing 1.3% of the total European Gross Domestic Product, the maritime economy is a dynamically growing sector with a turnover of €566 billion, generating €174 billion of value added and providing jobs for 3 and a half million people in Europe.

For the purposes of the report, the blue economy represents all economic activities related to oceans, seas or coastal areas, such as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism as well as emerging industries, like ocean energy and blue biotechnology. In several EU member states, the blue economy has grown faster than the national economy in the last decade.

The report, which was co-authored by the EC's Joint Research Centre, presents the current status and recent trends in the six established blue economy sectors in different EU Member States, to gain insight into where new opportunities and sustainable competitive advantage may be found.

The EC sees the report as supporting policymakers and stakeholders in creating new business opportunities and in managing the resources of oceans, seas and coastal resources in a sustainable manner.

 

Further info: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/566-billion-and-growing-eu-blue-economy...

The document (pdf): https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/sites/maritimeaffairs/files/2018-an...