Maritime forum
Size of blue economy

The blue economy covers activities that are related to the seas and oceans. It is hard to estimate its size:

  1. not everything at the coast is related to the blue economy
  2. not all of the blue economy is at the coast
  3. traditional classification of industries such as tourism or energy generation do not distinguish between what is marine or maritime and what is not
  4. in many maritime sectors such as oil and gas exploration, most of the employment is generated by equipment suppliers and other upstream activities rather than by the industry itself

Nevertheless, it is clear that  the maritime economy is a significant and strategic industry for the EU and has the potential to grow even further. A number of studies have therefore aimed to capture its current extent and growth rate.


this revised version takes into account comments on the first draft and also includes reaction to those comments

Last update: 31/01/17

Comments invited on draft report on size, nature and dynamics of blue economy

The study suggests indicators that provide an understanding of how the very diverse activities that make up the blue economy contribute to the EU's overall economy

Last update: 31/01/17

Presentation of results of a study on size, nature and trends of blue economy in Europe

interim results will be presented together with other analyses

Event date: 08/11/2016 (All day)
Last update: 12/12/16

3rd Black Sea Stakeholder Conference, 14-15 June 2016 in Odessa, Ukraine

The Third Black Sea Stakeholder conference in Odessa took stock of the work carried out during last year and outlined further steps in the process towards a common maritime agenda in the Black Sea.

Event date: 14/06/2016 (All day)
Last update: 25/08/16

List of studies and reports on economic characteristics of blue economy

List is not complete. suggestions for additions are welcome

Last update: 03/03/16

Replies from ad-hoc Member States' Expert Group on the size, nature and dynamics of the blue economy

feedback on initial assumptions in defining the blue economy and estimating its size

Last update: 16/10/15

BLUEMED High-level Conference - 16 October at Pavillion Aquae – Expo Venice, Venice, Italy

The BLUEMED initiative (as part of the Marine Research and Innovation agenda) represents a huge effort to create coherence amongst marine research and innovation priorities at EU, sea basin and national levels and to mainstream blue growth objectives into the relevant instruments. The BLUEMED initiative will be endorsed by nine EU Member States (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus) on 16 October in Venice, in the presence of Commissioner Moedas.

Event date: 16/10/2015 (All day)
Last update: 15/10/15

‘On improving socio-economic data for maritime sectors and maritime regions

Draft report from 2012 of the Action Group 6.5 on behalf of Eurostat

Last update: 12/08/15

Member States' Expert Group ad-hoc meeting on measuring the blue economy

The Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has started work on estimating the size and nature of the blue economy based on numbers that EU Member States report to Eurostat. The aim of the meeting is to examine the method and results and compare with similar efforts in Member States.

Event date: 29/09/2015 (All day)
Last update: 19/10/15

Size of the blue economy in EU Member States

DG-MARE has prepared an analysis of the size of the blue economy for the integrated maritime policy expert group meeting of 25 June, 2015.

Last update: 08/03/16

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