The Sustainable Blue Economy partnership will be a gamechanger in the R&I landscape. Aiming at addressing the strategic policies objectives of the European Union, namely the Green Deal, digitalization and recovery, it will implement co-funded R&I projects and connect the broad community of blue economy stakeholders, further reducing landscape fragmentation. The new partnership is expected to initiate solution-oriented activities whose impact is also relevant for the autonomy of the Union, by combining and aligning pan-European, regional and national investments and the identified socio-political priorities for marine and maritime R&l.
Sustainable Blue Economy will benefit from full alignment with other key initiatives, being not the only one focusing on the economic transition and its R&I aspects under the new Framework Programme. Among the portfolio of 49 European Partnerships, the co-programmed partnership on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport will be in the lead to provide and demonstrate zero-emission solutions for all main ship types and services by 2030. The marine and maritime partnerships are further complemented by the recently launched mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030’. It will link initiatives across disciplines, and leverage public and private investments, targeting engagement and innovative solutions at regional scale.
The workshop invites the partnerships and mission to present their state-of-the-art and discuss collaboration opportunities in their joint effort to transition to a sustainable blue economy.
Title: Through the looking glass and beyond the Horizon: what is next for marine and maritime R&I policy in Europe?
- Elisabetta Balzi, Head of the Healthy Seas and Oceans Unit, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
- Raffaele Liberali, Coordinator of the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership
- Henk Prins, Manager R&D, MARIN - past chair of the Waterborne Technology Platform
- Andreea Strachinescu, Head of the Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment Unit, European Commission, DG MARE
- Moderator: Thorsten Kiefer, Executive Director JPI Oceans
Attendance: The workshop will take place on 20 May at 10.45 CEST at the European Maritime Day in Ravenna, Italy. It will also be livestreamed through the European Maritime Day platform.