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Mobilising Capital for EU Blue Economy Investment

Published on: Thu, 08/02/2018 - 19:28
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    The European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is developing an approach to promote innovation and mobilize investment in the blue economy through establishing a project pipeline of potential projects.

    blue growth and blue economy

    The blue economy is already significant. In 2012 the Commission estimated that it represented over 5 million jobs and a gross added value of around €500 bn per year. It also affects a large number of the EU population with an estimated 40% of the EU population living within 50km from the sea. 

    It can play an important role in driving Europe’s growth and welfare. With the Blue growth strategy adopted in 2012 the European Commission launched a set of actions to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and employment. The core of the strategy involves driving key economic sectors of the blue economy forward and simultaneously managing sustainable ecosystems.

    Despite the developed basis of the blue economy, there is a scope to increase its productivity and potential. A wide range of opportunities are available to further this aim. The coherent cross-sectoral strategy will also aim to tackle obstacles to growth.

    project objectives

    The objective of this assignment is to demonstrate that the blue economy sector is fertile ground for financing initiatives and to make a strong investment case to the DFI community. This should be done through:

    • demonstrating the sectoral growth of the blue economy;
    • showing that sustainable business models are an intrinsic part of the blue economy;
    • defining and characterising the types of businesses that need investment and providing a full project pipeline;
    • attempting to quantify the total demand for finance that would be important and identifying specific funding gaps;
    • identifying existing sources of finance and mapping them against demand;
    • preparing an investment dossier of to be presented to potential investors.

    The project will run between January and August 2018. It aims to assist companies and project owners to further define and develop their proposals and obtain access to investors.  The project will also make concrete proposals for an investment vehicle for the European Blue Economy.

    engaging with key actors

    The project team, consisting of investment and blue economy experts, will seek out as many companies and projects seeking to raise funds in order to implement their plans.  Entrepreneurs and project promoters are invited to make contact with the project team at the contact points below as early as possible. 


    3 May 2018 Paris, The French Blue Economy

    5 June 2018, Cardiff

    28 June 2018 The Hague

    contact the project team

    Paul van Aalst, Michael Adams, Martin Poulsen, Greg Paterson-Jones, Jürgen Pucher, Wolfgang Schausberger, Luke Taylor, Tanja Werneck, Joe Wood 


    • Alessio NANNI's picture

      T.E.M.E.A. Project.

      Trans Express Mediterranean Europe Africa

       The Project foresees the development of a transport system To connect Africa to Europe with a system of autonomous and safe flying drones. and ecological floating stations. Used for anchoring for boats and ships.  Broken Assumption 665 Km "13 small floating stations one every 50 km  the autonomous drone flies with people from a floating station to the next floating station until reaching the desired destination   **

      Starting point" Porto Civitavecchia "Italy "Europe - 

      Point of arrival" Bizerte "Tunisia" Africa

       The Project with the ambitious objective of "Promoting the competitiveness of transport systems, supporting research, technology transfer, collaboration between research centers, universities and businesses, spreading innovation among companies in order to favoring employment, the ecological floating stations as well as the innovative transport system can offer a range of services ranging from hotels, restaurants, bars and offices, all made respecting the environment. It is our belief that humanity should start looking for innovative solutions in the sea and oceans.  our role is to prepare the ground for building and participating in the project. The T.E.M.E.A Project is a new form of development of Tourism and Commerce and of the "Blue Economy: it explores a model in which the Partnership includes different stakeholders, with different roles.  Our program is to develop tradable plans for a new transport system that meets the needs and desires of residents, investors, developers and "host" nations.

       The Partnership aims to foster collaboration between companies and the research system for the development of the development project that responds to innovation and business clusters  We believe that the project is not only possible but sustainable: technologically, legally and financially.  Objective to promote research and development of the T.E.M.E.A. Project. And the Creation of a Consortium for the Construction of the project  Developing cooperation between Universities and Participating Companies  Search for European Bands and presentation of the same as a pilot project a model of transport system in the sea .

      T.E.M.E.A. Project.

      Trans Express Mediterranean Europe Africa Page