UfM Conference highlights the key role of the Blue Economy

The Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries gathered in Naples (Italy), on 30 November 2017, to endorse and launch the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean – a goal-oriented series of joint actions to make the common sea space safer, cleaner and more productive.

Ministers agreed on the Initiative’s system of governance and decided that its steering committee will be co-chaired by Algeria and France in 2018, France and Morocco in 2019 and Morocco and Italy in 2020. The informal meeting culminated with the adoption of a declaration signed by the 10 participating countries (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia).


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Declaration (EN)

EC-Maritime affairs

Union for the Mediterranean

A successful Barcelona Stakeholder Conference

A successful Barcelona Stakeholder Conference

The Barcelona Stakeholder conference: Towards an intiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean, that took place in February 2017,  was hosted by the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean. This event gathered stakeholders and experts from both shore of the western Mediterranean sea basin to focus on the challenges and emerging opportunities for sustainable investment and job creation in the blue economy of the western Mediterranean.

Context and Objective

Bernhard Friess (European Commission) outlining the context, objective and process of this Initiative

Overall conclusions

Miguel García-Herraiz (UfM) highlighting the overall conclusions and the next steps

6 Key Themes

Conclusions of the day

Roundtable contributions