Commission news from September 2016

In 2017, it's the EU Commission organising this conference. The conference will build on the issues of the ocean and climate change, marine pollution and sustainable fishing. It will further develop how the ocean can contribute to sustainable blue growth, including through new energy sources such as tidal and wave technology. The European Commission has said that the choice was a significant recognition of the efforts of Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and the EU as a whole, to help deliver international cooperation on ocean issues.

It builds on Vella's pledge that the EU plays a key role in improving Ocean Governance.