EU environment commissioner punts ‘blue economy’ at conference in Sofia

In Bulgaria and Romania alone, the five largest sectors of the blue economy create a total of 160 000 jobs and a gross value added of more than 1.2 billion euro, a conference in Sofia has been told.

“One can only imagine the potential of the marine and maritime sectors in all littoral states of the Black Sea,” Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, told the second Black Sea Stakeholders conference on the blue economy, held in the Bulgarian capital on March 24.

The forum entitled “Smart and Blue – New Opportunities for the Blue Economy of the Black Sea”, was organised jointly with the European Commission.

“I believe the case for cooperation has never been stronger than today and the political circumstances have never been more pressing,” Vella said.

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