– We need to expand and lift the global dialogue on ocean affairs by sharing experiences and expertise, especially with the EU - our largest seafood market, said Sandberg in his introductory remarks.
The EU took 67% of Norwegian seafod exports in 2016, making Norway it's top supplier.
Presented in Norway earlier this year, the ocean strategy contains a number of concrete measures for creating jobs and growth in the blue economy, in addition to securing Norway’s position as a world-leading maritime nation.
90 representatives from EU institutions, business and civil society participated in the breakfast event, sharing perspectives on sustainable ocean management and blue growth.
Read the Ocean Strategy here (English).
The EU is committed to blue growth
– The ocean is an important driving force for the European economy with a great potential for innovation and growth. The EU and Norway are thinking along the same lines, said European Commission official András Inotai (DG MARE).
The EU has shown a significant commitment to the sea with the European Commission following up on its 2012 Blue Growth strategy and European ocean policy among the top priorities for the current Maltese EU Council Presidency.
The EU blue economy today employs around 5.4 million people. By OECD estimates the global blue economy could double by 2030.
International cooperation is important
CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Federation, Geir Ove Ystmark, and DNV GL VP for European Affairs, Ketil Djønne, represented the business sector at the seminar.
Both emphasized the need for sharing knowledge both across industries and international boarders. They also underlined the necesity of good regulatory frameworks and a commitment to research and innovation, to further develop the ocean industry.