The study missioned by DG MARE on possibilities in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, with reference to the EU Blue Growth, identified and ranked marine and maritime activities of highest potential and future growth perspectives.

A key issue is the rapidly increasing role of advanced technologies and innovative business sectors. This is closely related to the enhancement of competences and skills of work force and researches that can be accelerated through cooperation among maritime stakeholders.

In this field of intervention the importance of maritime clusters is already acknowledged in the DG MARE Blue Growth study “Scenarios and drivers for sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and coasts”.

The study affirms maritime clusters as the players through which Blue Growth can be best reinforced by taking advantage of maritime synergies Blue NET focuses on the capacity building and development of tools for the improvement of cooperation among clusters and territorial entities with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in maritime sector.