11/07/2013 at 12:00
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Agriculture, fisheries and food
Organiser: European Commission
A new study by the European Commission finds that the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean would benefit the EU's Blue Growth and sustainability agendas.
The study focuses on the opportunities which Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and other such zones would bring in terms of economic costs and benefits, sustainability and governance of marine space and should be viewed in the context of the European Commission's Blue Growth agenda.
The EU Blue Growth Strategy aims at creating sustainable economic growth and employment in the marine and maritime economy to help Europe's economic recovery. These economic sectors provide jobs for 5.4 million people and contribute a total gross value added of around 500 billion euros. By 2020, these should increase to 7 million and nearly 600 billion euros respectively.
12.00 Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will present the conclusions of the study (BERL press room). A press release will be available on the day.