Contribution to the Commission’s roadmap on a new approach for a EU sustainable blue economy
As the unique interface between land and sea, seaports are fundamental to the blue economy. Europe’s ports are essential nodes in the development and operations of different blue economy sectors, from maritime transport to coastal and maritime tourism, blue and offshore energy, fishing and aquaculture, shipbuilding and -repair facilities to the maritime circular economy. Seaports are the only point where maritime economic resources meet the wider economy. For these reasons, ESPO strongly believes the upcoming sustainable blue economy strategy must consider the important and diverse roles of ports in the European blue economy.