JPI OCEANS: JPI Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

JPI Oceans was established in 2011, as a coordinating and integrating strategic platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries, who invest in marine and maritime research. JPI Oceans covers all European sea basins with 21 participating countries and provides a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. Seas and oceans namely provide an essential part of our wealth and well-being. The EU’s maritime regions account for around 40% of its GDP and the maritime economy for 3 to 5%.

JPI Oceans focuses on making better and more efficient use of national research budgets and on developing joint research programmes in which countries can be involved on a voluntary basis. Participating countries decide what contribution to make, which may include institutional, project-related or new funding. It also encourages working with non- EU countries on research and policy initiatives in order to achieve its objectives and will actively seek out partnerships with non-EU countries. 

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Future of the oceans

The Maltese presidency organised an Informal Ministerial Meeting on Blue Growth and Ocean Governance in the EU and the Mediterranean; Innovation, and Nautical Tourism on 20 April 2017 in Valletta. Blue Growth is the long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the maritime sector and represents the maritime input to attaining the goals of Europe 2020. The Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella gave the opening speech at the conference. He highlighted some achievements like global leadership of Europe in the development of ocean energy technologies (Europe host 52% of all tidal stream developers and 60% of all wave energy developers in the world) or the fact that in the last 10 years, EU research programmes have provided some 150 million euros to fund ocean energy research, development and innovation. He also mentioned that the value of sustainable aquaculture production in the EU is up by more than 40% compared to a decade ago. Vella also flagged three areas where more needs to be done: access to finance, skills and qualifications connected to new jobs and finally the regional cooperation.

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