The Council of the Baltic Sea States, the European Commission and the Latvian Ministry of Transport are jointly organising a conference on “Development of sustainable maritime economy: opportunities and challenges for small and medium-sized ports in the Baltic Sea Region”. The conference is taking place on the 3rd and 4th of April 2019 in Jurmala, Latvia.
The Baltic Sea Region is rich in maritime and fishing traditions, and small and medium-sized ports form a significant part of the Baltic Sea Region ports infrastructure. In order to stabilize and improve the operation of these ports, creative solutions are needed to ensure crucial port infrastructure and secure financial sustainability. It is necessary to find areas that can be developed, as well as to ensure an attractive environment for new businesses and jobs.
The conference offers an opportunity for ministry representatives, EU officials, local authorities, businesses and port organisations to discuss these issues.
The key session of the conference will be on how to strategically plan for sustainable blue economy in the Baltic Sea Region in the future. This topic is in line with the European Union Blue Growth Strategy. The session will also explore avenues on how to further promote sustainable blue economy in light of the ongoing revision of the action plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The conference will be opened by Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, who ahead of the meeting notes that “the potential for growth in the Baltic Sea Region’s maritime economy can be better utilised. Its marine ecosystems can be better protected when the coastal states actively cooperate in all sectors of maritime action. This will reinforce the attractiveness of the Baltic Sea region as one of the most safe and secure destinations in the world to visit and do business.”
The event is arranged by the Latvian Presidency of the CBSS Expert Group for Sustainable Maritime Economy and the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission.
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