Identifying and supporting Blue Growth projects in emerging sectors

The European maritime industry is one of the cornerstones of the European economy and counts many strong global players who, over the last decades, have experienced very strong growth, also internationally. Also in the future, the European maritime industry will likely be a key driver for economic growth. The key challenge will be to understand the mechanics and enablers on the one handand the interrelationship of "maritime governance" and "growth" on the other hand. With this knowledge, the Commission will be able to put forward the right balanced policy and governance choices. Based on an updated analysis of the growth potential of the European maritime economy, there is further need to identify growth potentials by Member State and region, develop key performance indicators, undertake a detailed analysis of the effects of governance on performance, and derive further actions (esp. on sea-basin level) through a structured dialogue with economic actors, academia, the cluster organisations and regional economic development managers. This dialogue would help spreading best practice, creating new cooperations and identifying investment opportunities.

Following extensive study work on the potential for growth and jobs in the maritime and coastal economy the Commission wishes to follow up on the findings by developing and implementing concrete measures that can help delivering that potential.



Start Date: 

Saturday, 7 December, 2013 to Tuesday, 6 December, 2016

Services Provided: 

(1) review of literature/desk research to compile information on the subject and deepen the understanding of economic, social and environmental conditions that are relevant to Blue Growth;

(2) study work on key performance indicators for the maritime economy and its competitiveness, in particular in the global context where applicable; work to be based also on the Europe 2020 headline targets 5 and the EU sustainable development indicators;

(3) identification of specific projects and business cases in emerging and prospective sectors of the maritime and coastal economy taking into account the constraints and specific conditions in each European sea basin;

(4) consultation with stakeholders – national, regional and local governments, industry, trade unions, academia, civil society – through questionnaires, surveys, interviews;

(5) disseminating best practices for investment strategies and for the promotion of maritime employment, training and education;

(6) analysis of opportunities for the use of EU and other instruments to achieve the objectives of the EU's maritime policy in general and of the Blue Growth strategy in particular, at local, national and regional level;

(7) supporting the development and consolidation of maritime clusters on regional, national and European level, including tools for anticipating skills and jobs needs;

(8) preparation of and reporting on conferences, workshops and events (individual or serial occasions), including the identification of speakers and panellists and the preparation of background papers, agendas and minutes. In addition, the service could include the full logistics of the specific undertaking (organising the venue, catering, audio-visual equipment, travel of speakers, etc.) if the logistics of the event cannot be covered by another existing framework contract under the responsibility of DG MARE

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Name of Client: 

European Commission DG MARE

Client Address: 

United Kingdom

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Origin of Funding: 

European Commission



Project Value: 

5 200 000 (Total FWC Budget)

Name of Partners (if any): 

Ecorys (Lead)