Marseille, 3-4 February 2020

From the 4th to the 6th of February 2020, Euromaritime - the Euro-Mediterranean exhibition for Blue Growth – gathered more than 200 businesses from 15 countries representing naval Construction and repair, maritime transport, port industries and marine technologies of the future (energy, environment).

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Euromaritime is an international exhibition organised by the OUEST-FRANCE group in association with GICAN (French Marine Industry Group) under the patronage of the French Minister for Ecological Transition and Solidarity, and in partnership with the General Secretariat for the Sea, French regional authorities and a large number of maritime businesses and organisations.

FEPORT Secretary General was invited to have an exchange of views on stage with MEP Catherine Chabaud about the European Green Deal. She reiterated key messages. The success of the Green Deal will depend on the financial instruments that will be mobilized to support innovation and the implementation of the proposed actions, for instance in ports. Among others, the role of the EIB will be essential and FEPORT members are looking forward to knowing more about the “renewed sustainable finance strategy”.

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Another factor determining the Green Deal’s success will be the EU’s ability to play a leadership role in convincing non-EU countries to engage in the same direction to avoid any status quo that would be detrimental to the environment and the planet. It is therefore a good signal that the Commission seeks to enhance its “green deal diplomacy” and aims at convincing other countries to promote sustainable development as well.

It will also be crucial for the EU to ensure that the Green Deal enables EU industries to gain more competitiveness while becoming more sustainable. In this regard, FEPORT members welcome that the Green Deal is referred to as a “new growth strategy” and that the importance for the EU to maintain its competitive advantage will remain a key priority.