European Commission lunches Communication on Blue Economy

On 17 May 2021, the European Commission launched a new Communication for a sustainable blue economy in the EU  (COM(2021)240final).  A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

The objective is for coastal tourism and other sectors to decrease their environmental and climate impact.

The Communication sets out a detailed agenda for the blue economy to:

  • Achieve the objectives of climate neutrality and zero pollution: notably by developing offshore renewable energy, decarbonising maritime transport and greening ports.
  • Support climate adaptation and coastal resilience: adaptation activities – such as developing green infrastructure in coastal areas and protecting coastlines from the risk of erosion and flooding – will help preserve biodiversity and landscapes while benefitting tourism and the coastal economy.
  • Ensure sustainable food production – sustainable production of and new marketing standards for seafood, use of algae and seagrass, stronger fisheries control as well as research and innovation in cell-based seafood will help to preserve Europe’s seas.

The European Commission and Investment Bank Group will increase their cooperation on a sustainable blue economy. Moreover, the new European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund – especially with its ‘BlueInvest’ platform and the new BlueInvest Fund – will support the transition towards more sustainable value chains based on the oceans, seas and coastal activities.

HOTREC hopes that Member States have included investments for a sustainable blue economy in their national resilience and recovery plans as well as their national operational programmes for various EU-funds from now to 2027.

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12 Jan
12/01/2023    
11:00 - 12:00
Slides are accessible here: https://www.hotrec.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Presentation-HOTREC-workshop-on-PPWR-120123.pdf
7th Coordination Meeting Pact for Skills in Tourism
12/01/2023    
15:00 - 16:30
On 12 January 2023 took place another coordination meeting of the Pact for Skills.
19 Jan
19/01/2023    
All Day
HOTREC has joined the RESTWITHEU project focusing on challenges faced by the restaurant industry. First workshop will be held in Lyon on 19/01/2023.
Meeting with DG GROW - Tourism Unit & HOTREC
24/01/2023    
14:00 - 15:00
Main outcome of the meeting available
25 Jan
25/01/2023    
09:30 - 13:00
Hotel Le Chatelain, Brussels EXCOM Slides - 25 Jan. 2023 - NEW List of Participants Expense Claim Template for ExCom Members HOTREC Guidelines for reimbursement [...]
Info session - EU funding opportunities on trainings to be provided to third country nationals’ willing to work in the hospitality sector
26/01/2023    
11:00 - 12:00
Recording of the session; PowerPoint and general note of the meeting available!
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