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Bring European Maritime Day to your country in 2022 – Deadline for the submission of events: 31 January 2022

EMD 2022, the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth, and the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’, will take place in Ravenna, Italy on 19 & 20 May 2022. As every year, this will not be the only action to celebrate our seas and oceans. EMD In My Country 2022 events will also take place all over Europe from 1 April till 31 October 2022.

In 2021, EMD In My Country – despite the pandemic – was a great success, with 232 virtual, physical and hybrid events, organised in 25 countries (21 EU and 4 non-EU countries), covering all the sea basins of the EU making an absolute record in the history of the European Maritime Day!

Are you ready to submit your event(s) for 2022?

Fill in the application form before 31 January 2022 and bring European Maritime Day 2022 to your country.

All the organisers will receive sustainable #EMD In My Country-branded gadgets and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries’ information channels.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, EMD In My Country 2022 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2022.

2022 will be the European Year of Youth, so we welcome plenty of events with a focus on youth activities.

Submit your application

Deadline: 31 January 2022.

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Mediterranean Supports ECA with Strict Sulfur Limits by 2025

Source: website
Date: December 13, 2021

The EU, together with countries from around the Mediterranean Sea, committed to further efforts to protect the environment around the Mediterranean, including moving to become a sulfur emissions control zone. By 2025, the Mediterranean could become the fourth emissions control area joining Northern Europe in the efforts to mandate the use of low sulfur marine fuels.

The decision came as part of a meeting of the members of the 25-year-old UN Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. The convention, which was first adopted in 1976, includes 22 parties with the EU and eight EU Mediterranean member states as well as cooperation from countries around the Mediterranean.

At the conclusion of last week’s meeting, the group voted to support the designation of a sulfur emissions control area (ECA) in the whole region. A broad range of NGOs had long been advocated for the action. Under the language accepted by the signatories of the convention, ships steaming through the Mediterranean would only use fuels containing low sulfur. It calls for a much stricter standard of just 0.1 percent versus the global standard and 0.5 percent sulfur levels presently.


Read the full article on the maritime-executive website

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The EIB lends €300m to “green” the port of Genoa

Source: econostrum website
Date: December 14, 2021

ITALY. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is granting a framework loan of €300m to the Autorità di sistema portuale del Mar Ligure occidentale (Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea) which administers the ports of Genoa, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure. This is its first operation in Italy for a project co-financed by the Italian State with resources from the Supplementary Fund of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.

The funds will be used to support investment in the largest renovation of the port of Genoa in 25 years, in particular to improve access. It will be used to build a new breakwater to limit the risk of flooding due to climate change and to facilitate the safe entry, loading and unloading of modern cargo ships. The Italian government is contributing €600m to the works, including €500m from the Supplementary Fund of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism and €100m from the Port Infrastructure Fund

Read the full article here

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A plan for the future of small-scale fisheries: the RPOA-SSF, 9 topics, 9 features

Source: FAO website
Date: 21 November 2021

As we are celebrating #WorldFisheriesDay today, the GFCM would like you to meet some of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea fishers and fish workers involved in making small-scale fisheries more sustainable.

It really is hard to overstate the importance of the small-scale fisheries that make up 80% of the fleet in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The facts speak for themselves: 

  • 71 400 vessels
  • 127 000 on-board jobs
  • 300 000 shore-based livelihoods
  • USD 1 billion first sales
  • USD 2.7 billion wider economic impact

Nevertheless, as impressive as these figures are, they don’t show the human dimension behind them. 

What they don’t show is the families that have worked together for generations, the living communities that small-scale fishers underpin, the unique regional cultures which their traditions have animated over hundreds of years.

The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) is the GFCM’s ambitious 10-year roadmap (2018-2028) to create a sustainable future for these coastal communities. 

In 9 chapters, it details a set of specific, prescriptive and concrete actions: it’s a vehicle to the future which will set small-scale fisheries on a path to long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.


Read the full article on the FAO website

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Major knowledge transfer during the 3rd WestMED stakeholder Conference invigorates sustainable blue growth in the western Mediterranean.

On November 9 2021, the 3rd WestMED Stakeholder Conference took place in Rome, Italy.

Co-organised with the Italian ministry of Foreign affairs, this event attracted close to 300 registrations and featured 30 experts covering the latest policy, funding and sectoral developments.

Corridors for sustainable development
The title ‘corridors to sustainable blue Development,’ reflected the essence by highlighting the state-of-play and opportunities in the western Mediterranean sea basin with a specific focus on aquaculture, sustainable tourism, green shipping, maritime clusters and maritime skill development.

These topics align with the main priority areas supported by the WestMED assistance Mechanism and are based on the feedback and needs identified in the WestMED maritime community.

Five exemplary projects
For the first time, the WestMED Best Project Awards were  handed out. Fifty-four highly interesting and valuable projects from both shores (North and South) entered the competition.

An expert jury consisting of Alessandra Sensi and Mohammed Al shakran (UfM),  Mercedes Acitores (INTERACT) and Julia Manning (EBRD) made the final selection based on impact and replicability.

Sicomar Plus was awarded in the category ‘Biodiversity, Marine Habitat Conservation and Response to Marine Pollution.’ Website Sicomar plus

BiovecQ was awarded in the category  ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production.’ Website BiovecQ

Starfish 4.0 was awarded in the category ‘Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coastal Community Development.’  Website Starfish 4.0

BlueSkills and the Algeria Startup Challenge were both awarded in the category Skill Development and Circulation.’  Website BlueSkills | website Algeria startup challenge

Live streamed
The event was in a hybrid form with approximately 75 people in the room itself with dynamic (face-masked) networking between attendants, live-streamed  to the international online maritime community and simulteanously translated in both English and French.

The recording and the PowerPoint slides used of this event will be available soon on this website – and can be found on the dedicated conference 2021 page

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Call: Free transnational on-demand access to expertise, training and methodologies related to marine threats and observations in the Mediterranean sea | Deadline: 8 November 2021

sharemed call posterSHAREMED partners are launching this innovative initiative for practical marine research collaboration activities with Mediterranean institutions. This is a unique opportunity to boost your research by taking one or more offers that are presented in this Call for Transnational On-Demand Access. This will match you to a SHAREMED project partner and provide you with expertise, training and sharing of methodologies and operational models and systems.

It is all free, paid to you by SHAREMED.

Just visit our dedicated website directly through

or through the project website  to read the details and apply.

Deadline for application is 8th November 2021. Follow the simple online application, click your preferred offer on the list and let the process play. We will contact you and serve your demand.

Eligibility criteria apply and applications will be assessed by a project selection panel.

This is the SHAREMED way of doing capitalisation through sharing and exploiting expertise, technology and know-how by joining efforts and resources to do things together.

For any further information or queries, please contact Prof. Aldo Drago

Coordinator of this capitalisation activity

( or

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WestMED Asistance Mechanism facilitates Blue Growth ties with Libya at SEAFUTURE 2021

Within the framework of the 7th edition of SEAFUTURE, the WestMED Assistance Mechanism organised a dedicated workshop on ‘the Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy in Libya.’

The current WestMED Co-Presidency of Italy and Libya presented a suitable occasion to promote such a workshop, aimed at consolidating networking and links with Libyan stakeholders, in the digfferent Blue Growth fields.

Various cases of successful co-operation projects and business ventures were illustrated, to show the vitality of possible common initiatives, as soon as more stable conditions are achieved in the country.

As a preliminary step towards the next WestMED Stakeholders’ Conference and further possible initiatives, where Libya could increase the interaction with the other 5+5 Dialogue countries, the event of La Spezia has represented concrete progress of involving Libyan stakeholders in project proposals and partnerships, targeting those funding programmes that allow their participation.

In this perspective, the WestMED Assistance Mechanism with a leading role for the Italian national Hub led by Leonardo Manzari,  has fully played its pro-active role and will continue assisting these efforts across the two shores of the Mediterranean

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Memorandums of Understanding signed between Clusters at WestMED Initiative hosted event during SEAFUTURE 2021

Within the framework of SEAFUTURE 2021, the WestMED Initiative, with its  Maritime Clusters Alliance held an open event on september 28, focusing on funding opportunities for clusters in the new programming period.

The event ended with the with the signing of MoUs between two Italian national clusters, and between CTN BIG from Italy and Strategis Cluster from Greece. This took place on board the historical school sailship Amerigo Vespucci of the Italian navy.

Watch the recording of this event

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Le Hub National OuestMED Tunisie a présenté l’Initiative au Forum de la Mer 2021, Bizerte

Le Hub National Tunisie a participé le 24 et 25 septembre 2021 au Forum Mondial de la Mer à Bizerte.

Plusieurs personnalités ont assisté à l’ouverture officielle de ce forum dont le chef de cabinet du commissaire européen de l’environnement, de l’océan et de la pêche, le secrétaire général de l’UpM, les ministres de la mer de la France et du Portugal, le prince de Monaco, la délégation de l’Union Européenne à Tunis, plusieurs ministres tunisiens, des parlementaires, des organisations internationales et régionales, des instituts de recherche, des universitaires, des associations et beaucoup d’autres personnalités tunisiennes et étrangères.

Plusieurs présentations de haut niveau ont été discutées durant ce Forum concernant des thèmes relatifs à l’Europe et la Méditerranée, aux initiatives et projets, aux témoignages, pour un parlement méditerranéen de la mer, préserver la biodiversité marine et côtière de la méditerranée, à la recherche au service de la biodiversité marine, lutter contre toutes les pollutions marines et les nouvelles exigences du transport maritime. Les différentes interventions étaient en présentiels et à distance.

Le Hub National a présenté l’évolution du secteur du transport et de la logistique et son rôle dans la progression des échanges mondiaux des marchandises puisqu’il assure le déplacement de 90% de ces échanges. Toutefois, de par son utilisation du fioul lourd (250MTonnes/an) le transport maritime est très polluant et dégage des quantités de plus en plus importantes de particules d’oxyde d’azote et de dioxyde de soufre éjectées dans l’atmosphère et finissent dans les océans et les mers. Le HN a présenté le projet Westmed et les travaux du groupe technique sur le transport propre et dont l’objectif est de limiter les effets polluants du transport maritime et ce par la généralisation du LNG au lieu du fioul lourd.

A la demande de la délégation de l’Union Européenne à Tunis le HN a installé un stand dans la zone piétonne du port de pêche de Bizerte situé au centre de la ville. Tous les projets de l’UE et autres ont été appelés à participer à ce village environnemental par des stands pour montrer le rôle de ces projets dans la lutte contre la pollution marine, maritime et côtière.

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The WestMED Initiative takes center stage at SEAFUTURE: Italy’s largest international Blue Growth event


A strong impulse by the WestMED Initiative during 2020-2021, in combination with an active involvement by the Italian co-presidency (shared in 2021 with Libya), has now led to a center stage
position at Italy’s most important international Blue Economy event: SEAFUTURE.

The priorities pursued by the Initiative involving the 5 + 5 Dialogue countries (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia) have favored the creation of cross-border technical working groups in the field of Sustainable Maritime Transport, Maritime Clusters, Aquaculture, Sustainable Tourism.

On 28 September, 2021, the National Technological Cluster – CTN BIG (Blue Italian Growth) and the WestMED Assistance Mechanism, with the participation of the European Commission DG MARE and Union for the Mediterranean, will hold a workshop dedicated to the WestMED Maritime Clusters Alliance, to further develop projects and actions undertaken, and further expand the mostly nationally organised cluster community to regional, sectoral and intersectoral clusters in the Mediterranean.

The event will be followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two national maritime clusters of Italy, CTN BIG and Federazione del Mare, strongly fostered and supported by the WestMED Assistance Mechanism, through the National Coordinator and the National Hub.

On September 30th, the Connecting EU day, will be dedicated to ports and intermodal logistics Organised by Circle Spa, it will address many of the issues that have so far involved the same stakeholders in the WestMED Technical Group on Green Shipping.

Finally, on 1 October, SEAFUTURE, EIEAD and the WestMED Assistance Mechanism will dedicate a workshop to the Sustainable Blue Economy of Libya. This, in order to accelerate the inclusion of the community of operators of the North African country, given the dynamics of development and interaction at the Mediterranean level, after the well-known civil war events.

This is a moment of EU attention and cooperation, and of Italy in particular, towards a country that will increasingly look to its European partners, for assistance and support in the growth path for the next few years. The 2021 edition of SEAFUTURE, which will welcome over 60 delegations from five continents, is therefore the ideal venue to bring the centrality of the Mediterranean to the attention of all the players involved in the sustainable Blue Economy.