What is blue economy

European Parliament / Think tank

The blue economy: overview and policy framework of the EU

30-01-2020

The blue economy includes all economic activities related to the oceans and seas. The EU's blue economy has more than 4 million employees and is developing rapidly. Some traditional sectors are in decline, while others - both established and emerging - offer great potential for growth and innovation. This study focuses on the policy framework and the various EU initiatives and actions in the field of the blue economy. The study offers an overview of the cross-divisional “key elements” of the blue economy as well as an analysis of their individual sectors. It also shows the international dimension and the position of the European Parliament, if this is of interest.

The blue economy includes all economic activities related to the oceans and seas. The EU's blue economy has more than 4 million employees and is developing rapidly. Some traditional sectors are in decline, while others - both established and emerging - have great potential for growth and innovation. This study focuses on the policy framework and the various EU initiatives and actions in the field of the blue economy. The study offers an overview of the cross-divisional “key elements” of the blue economy as well as an analysis of their individual sectors. It also shows the international dimension and the position of the European Parliament, if this is of interest.

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