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Blue economy is a key for sustainable development, jobs creation and investments in Mediterranean. The project "BlueSkills: Blue Jobs and Responsible Growth in the Mediterranean throughout Enhancing Skills and Developing Capacities" has received the Union for the Mediterranean label. This is promoted by a Mediterranean consortium led by the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics and aims at implementing a pan-Mediterranean initiative for developing new curricula and increasing employability in the marine sciences and maritime sectors.

The project core activities aim to promote the creation of skills, knowledge and research in the field of Blue Economy, leading to “blue” careers and scientific research. By supporting the Euro-Mediterranean community of stakeholders of the Blue Economy through Higher Education and Research, it will enhance the shared knowledge of the Mediterranean basin in marine and maritime sectors.

The Union for the Mediterranean endorses our regional project aiming to promote blue employment: Blue Jobs and Responsible Growth in the Mediterranean throughout Enhancing Skills and Developing Capacities.  The BlueSkills project promotes opportunities for “Blue” marine and maritime careers by developing skills, exchanging knowledge and valorising research for more sustainable Mediterranean Sea.
 Its aim is to develop new curricula and increase employability in the marine and maritime sectors.  By supporting the Euro-Mediterranean communities of the Blue Economy stakeholders through higher education, research and innovation, the project will enhance the shared knowledge of the Mediterranean Region.

Congratulations to all the partners and stakeholders!

Further information: https://ufmsecretariat.org/project/blueskills-blue-jobs/

Summer School: Sustainable Blue Economy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
This Summer School is co-organised by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS, Italy) and the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI, Slovenia).

Dates: 17-21 June 2019

Location: Trieste (Italy) and Piran (Slovenia)

Application closes: 9 April 2019 at 14.00 (Italian time)

Postgraduate students of any discipline, especially from the Euro-Mediterranean countries and Black sea countries, are invited to apply.

Apply here: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/summerschool/application-form-2019

For further infomation: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/summerschool/introduction

In collaboration with the University of Trieste, the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale, or OGS) has launched the second edition of the Advanced Master course in sustainable blue growth.
This programme started in January 2019 in Trieste and will be divided into three periods of 15 days each (March, July and October). Scientists, technicians and operators from the marine and maritime sectors from the Mediterranean basin and above gathered in Trieste for the first study session.

For more information: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advancedmaster/introduction

On January 2019 we launched the the new two-years long project "DEEP BLUE: Developing Education and Employment Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region" coordinated by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, OGS (Italy) in partnership with the University of Sfax - Department of Life Sciences, US (Tunisia), the Polytechnic University of Madrid - Centre For Support For Technological Innovation, UPM CAIT (Spain) and the Higher Institute of Fishing Technologies and Aquaculture, ISPAB (Tunisia)

DEEP BLUE will promote collaboration between marine and maritime education, research, and training centres to strengthen relevant skills and increase capacity building for blue career development. It aims at developing skills and building capacities throughout enhancing geopolitical dialogue and international scientific cooperation (Science Diplomacy) in the Western Mediterranean Region.

The project integrates the activities set for the 2018-2020 of the Western Mediterranean Forum for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Dialogue 5+5) endorsed by all member countries (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia) within the framework of the Work Plan of the Tunis Declaration approved during the inter-ministerial conference held in March 2017. Partners from Italy, Spain and Tunisia with the support of the Italian private maritime company Fincantieri for shipbuilding and ship repair, will strive to develop education and training paths aiming at creating an advanced shared knowledge and common methodological ground on the key sectors of Blue Economy in the Mediterranean basin while fostering North-South and South-South cooperation among public and private stakeholders. 

The Kick-off meeting took place in Trieste on the 29th of February and the 1st of March 2019.
These two days were filled with precious discussions among partner institutions and local stakeholders.
This project is co-funded by the European Union’s European Maritime and Fishery Fund (EMFF) and managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

Stay tuned!

Official webpage: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/deep-blue

Further information: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/deep-blue-developing-education-and-employm...

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/