The Sea and the Blue Economy Workshop to focus on the potential of the Blue Economy in the Canary Islands to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.

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The Regional Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government, Elena Máñez, inaugurated the Blue Economy Workshop on 2 June. The event is organised by public enterprise PROEXCA, a partner in the SMARTBLUE_F project, with the support of the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster, PLOCAN and CETECIMA.

The workshop will take place virtually on June 2, 8 and 16; each session will last an estimated two hours. Those interested in following can register here.

Structured in three sessions, the workshop will address the following themes: the Canary Islands as an innovation hub for the Blue Economy in Europe; the potential of the Blue Economy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations; and international business opportunities for marine renewable energies.

The Canary Islands could be considered a natural springboard for Blue Economy innovation in Europe; the region has ideal natural conditions, public and private infrastructures, and a strong social and economic fabric, bolstered by the European Green Deal.

The European Green Deal is a growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050. It will mobilise some €100 billion in investment, which will generate significant future business opportunities for Canary Island businesses.

The Consolidation of the Central Atlantic Alliance for the Competitiveness of SMEs in the Blue Economy (SMARTBLUE_F) project is financed by the second call of the INTERREG V-A MAC (Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands) Territorial Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, and is 85% co-funded by the ERDF.


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