To boost further the growth of maritime economy the EU invests in a Blue Growth strategy that supports sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors: aquaculture, ocean energy, coastal tourism, marine biotechnology, seabed mining.
To maintain prosperity on European seas and oceans all the member states have to keep them safe, secure and clean.
To respond together to the global challenges that affect the security of people, activities and assets in the global maritime domain, the European Council adopted the Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS) for the global maritime domain. It is a joint EU plan built upon closer collaboration within the EU, across the regional and national levels. It seeks to increase awareness and ensure higher efficiency of operations. At the same time it promotes cooperation with third countries and regional organisations in order to enhance their capacities in the field.
The plan involves many diverse partners, from the local to the international level, thus ensuring safer seas for everyone. One of the main objective is to protect EU maritime interests worldwide. By working together more closely and planning ahead, the EU and its Member States can make better use of existing resources, and enter more effective and credible international partnerships.
The EUMSS is complemented with an Action Plan, a list of over 130 specific actions, organised around five key areas of cooperation, and a timeframe to drive the implementation of the EUMSS forward.
European territory depend on safe, secure and clean seas and oceans for prosperity and peace. It is through adequate maritime security that the rule of law can be maintained in areas beyond national jurisdiction and the EU strategic maritime interests can be protected.
Also World Maritime Day celebrated on the 29/09/2016 has been an important occasion to raise awareness of the importance of the maritime field.
With 50% of the EU population living in coastal regions, the maritime economy is of crucial importance for the EU economy as it represents 5.4 million jobs and generates more than €500 billion per year.
Furthermore, 40% of EU internal commerce is seaborne, The EU is a world leader in maritime transport as 30 % of world vessels and over 42% of the value of seaborne trade is managed by EU ship-owners, 90% of the global offshore wind capacity is installed in European waters and half of the world's wave and tidal energy companies are based in Europe, Coastal and maritime tourism employs 3.2 million people, generating a total of € 183 billion (over one third of the maritime economy).