LogoVDGThe Baltic Sea Region has the potential to develop an innovative and sustainable maritime economy. It benefits from strong research and innovation activities and a tradition of close cooperation.

On 6 October 2015, DG MARE organised the second event of its “Maritime Stakeholder Platform in the Baltic Sea Region in Copenhagen, on the occasion of the Danish Maritime Days, in collaboration with the Danish Maritime Authority and the Baltic Development Forum.

The Conference focused on blue and green growth in the Baltic Sea Region, funding and skills. It aimed to bring together public and private stakeholders in order to draw a common vision of the innovation, sustainability and competitiveness challenges of the Baltic maritime economy and sought to advance in the process of developing Masterplans for Blue Growth in the Baltic. It is framed within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The debates were divided into three sessions namely, on Blue Growth for Green Innovation, Financing Blue Growth, and Skills and Talent Attraction for Regional Blue Growth.

During this third session, Giuseppe Sciacca, Senior Policy Officer at the CPMR explained the Vasco da Gama experience. Specific issues to improve the skills of persons employed in Baltic shipping were underlined with a particular view to maritime safety and the reduction of environmental damage.