Successful days on cooperation of North Sea Regions




The Hague, 21 & 22 June, Workshop Blue Growth

On 21 and 22 June, the 'Workshop on strategic cooperation on Blue Growth in the North Sea' took place in the Zuid-Holland provincial government building, organized under the auspices of the Dutch presidency of the EU. Rogier van der Sande, Regional Minister for European policies, officially opened this workshop.

“At this very moment, approximately 50% of the world population lives in maritime areas and in 2050, probably 70%. Clearly, the maritime areas have an economic potential, but at the same time, climate change makes us vulnerable," according to Regional Minister Van der Sande.

North Sea, an economic-maritime heavyweight

The European Commission (DG MARE) and the province of Zuid-Holland organized this meeting in preparation of the regional cooperation in the North Sea. The North Sea is an economic maritime heavyweight in Europe and offers a huge potential to improve the 'blue economy' and the region's competitiveness. Cooperation at this level is, therefore, essential. ‘Blue Growth' is the EU strategy for economic changes through innovation in the marine and maritime sector as a whole, and is part of the transition to a more competitive and knowledge-based EU economy.

Strenthening the transnational cooperation of North Sea Regions

This workshop was a platform for corporate stakeholders, knowledge institutions, social organizations and the authorities to discuss what transnational cooperation could contribute to the 'Blue Economy'. This workshop also intended to strengthen the cooperation within this sector, and allowed the European Commission to gather information on how available resources could be used for thematic actions in support of the North Sea. Please visit the website of DG Mare for more information.