Originally published in HR E-Zine 1/2017 on page 15.
"As Europe’s economypicks up again, creating employmentand boosting investment remains a priority and number one for decision-makers. Among the most powerful economic engines are the continent’s seas, coastal regions, and maritime industries, which already provide 5.4 mln jobs and a gross added value just below EUR 500 bln per year.
To raise these figures even higher, the European Commission is paying particular attention to a handful of maritime sectors with high growth potential, such as ocean energy, aquaculture, tourism, marine biotechnology, and marine mineral resources.
The aim is to help put in place the conditions for these sectors to live up to their potential, hence drive blue growth by providing highquality jobs and services. This long-term approach requires boosting research and innovation, equipping people with the right skills, and providing certainty to business. It is also based on the responsible use and interaction with the marine ecosystem.
The EU countries have readily taken up the challenge of the Blue Growth Strategy. In Spain, for example, the Port of Vigo is applying the concept to all its services and facilities to become a connected, innovative, green, and inclusive port by 2020 – and a role model of Blue Growth."