(03/10/2013) European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, spoke at the "Baltic Sea Conference 2013 - Blue Growth, Sustainability and Water".
The conference, co-organised by the Commissioner and the Baltic Development Forum, brought together the European Commission, the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, and over 250 participants to discuss Blue Growth in the Baltic Sea area.
Commissioner Damanaki said: "The Baltic is one of Europe's most competitive and innovative sea basins. The maritime economy here thrives on sustainability and innovation to ensure the long-term sustainable development of its maritime economy. The region should build on the assets it has – leading innovation and research, strong maritime clusters, a proactive approach towards marine environment challenges, and well-established cooperation".