Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Blue Growth Working Group.

Blue Economy

The Working Group focuses on the blue economy covering both marine, maritime and water systems research and innovation areas with the intention to support members with their regional strategies in the field. Sustainability and the digital challenges related to the ocean, seas and water sectors are key issues. The group aims to foster participation in European funding programmes and initiatives and to build partnerships between members.

ERRIN Contact

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Blue Economy & Energy and Climate Change WG meeting on water scarcity & reuse

Blue Economy & Energy and Climate Change WG meeting on water scarcity & reuse

Hilary Webb

Climate change and extreme weather conditions, such as rainstorms and droughts, pose an enormous risk to water management in many regions. Drinking water is becoming a scarce resource as the

Blue Ec

Blue Economy WG: European Partnerships on water

Hilary Webb

This Blue Economy Working Group meeting will explore the current status of two water-related European Partnerships: Water4All (Horizon Europe) and the S3 Partnership on Water Smart Territories. The

Blue Economy

Blue Economy WG coffee meeting on Baltic and North Sea Basin Lighthouse call in Ocean & Waters Mission

Hilary Webb

The first Blue Economy Working Group meeting of 2022 will be a coffee meeting to discuss the call under Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters: HORIZON-MISS-2021-OCEAN-04-02: Baltic and North Sea basin

WG Related Events

WG Related Events

European Research and Innovation Days 2022

The European Research and Innovation Days (RiDaysEU) is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event. This year’s edition will take place online on 28 – 29 September.

European Water Technology Week 2022

WaterCampus Leeuwarden is hosting the second edition of the European Water Technology Week from 19-22 September. The event will offer the latest insights in scientific research, the newest technological developments, sharing outcomes of EU R&I projects and representatives from cluster organisations from across Europe and beyond.

Czech Presidency Conference on Synergies in the Research and Innovation Funding in Europe

As one of the first events in its programme, the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU will organise a flagship conference "Synergies in the Research and Innovation Funding in Europe" on 7-8 July 2022 in Prague. The conference shall be held as a physical event, but following web streaming will be available. Pre-registration is obligatory.

The Charter for the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”

On 30 June in Lisbon, the European Commission will organise an event with the aim to launch the Charter for the Mission "Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030". Participation is possible in person or online.

ERRIN Spring Annual General Meeting 2022

ERRIN's Spring Annual General Meeting will be held this year on 23 June at 15:00-17:30 CEST followed by a networking cocktail from 18:00 CEST. In addition to discussing formal issues and offering an opportunity to network, the event will feature debates around the new European Innovation Agenda.

Blue Economy & Energy and Climate Change WG meeting on water scarcity & reuse

This joint meeting on 15 June will explore how European regions, particularly coastal regions, are tackling issues caused by droughts, rainstorms and other threats to water management.

WG Documents

WG Documents

ERRIN input paper on a future EU Algae Strategy

ERRIN's input paper on a potential EU Algae Strategy, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of such a strategy at a regional and local level.

ERRIN input to the future EU Algae Strategy - Draft

A drafting group has prepared a first version of the ERRIN input to the future EU Algae Strategy.

Blue Bioeconomy Forum - Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum was set up in 2018 as a platform for entrepreneurs, researchers, government officials and other stakeholder to further develop the blue bioeconomy.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor (deadline: 29 July)

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor to join its Secretariat! The successful candidate will work to ensure the delivery of the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by taking part in the activities of the NetZeroCities project. The deadline to apply is 29 July.

The new European Innovation Agenda unveiled

On 5 July, the European Commission adopted the new European Innovation Agenda with the aim of positioning Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. The document, to which ERRIN submitted input in May this year, sets out 25 dedicated actions under five flagships, including on European Innovation Ecosystems.

Marine litter and pollution – Smart and low environmental impact fishing gears

Challenge: This project addresses the challenges occurring from marine pollution caused by waste from fishing activities, in line with among others the Single Use Plastic Directive and the Port Reception Facilities Directive. The reduction of the marine pollution and preservation of marine fauna have high attention from the Commission where marine habitats, including seabed suffer negative effects e.g. from lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears. This project will contribute to the implementation of EU legislation, e.g.: the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic…

ERRIN and over 50 network members among the first to join and endorse the Adaptation Mission

The European Commission announced today the first 118 regions and local authorities to join the Mission Adaptation to Climate Change by signing the Mission Charter, including over 50 ERRIN member regions and cities. First organisations to endorse the Mission and become Friends of the Mission were also revealed, among which the ERRIN network.

ERRIN messages for Horizon Europe WIDERA Work Programme 2023-2024

As the Horizon Europe Work Programming for 2023-2024 is currently underway, ERRIN is pleased to share its messages and recommendations on the Horizon Europe WIDERA Work Programme for the coming period.

PARTNER SEARCH INTERREG EUROPE - Partner from the Northern Area on coastal resilience

The project focuses on the support to coastal resilience and adaptation to climate change at the regional level. To complete the consortium, the coordinator is looking for a partner region or local authority from the Northern area (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany), which has a coastal line and a competence in coastal management.

Latest Updates

  • By Ewa Chomicz

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor (deadline: 29 July)

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor to join its Secretariat! The successful candidate will work to ensure the delivery of the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by taking part in the activities of the NetZeroCities project. The deadline to apply is 29 July.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

The new European Innovation Agenda unveiled

On 5 July, the European Commission adopted the new European Innovation Agenda with the aim of positioning Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. The document, to which ERRIN submitted input in May this year, sets out 25 dedicated actions under five flagships, including on European Innovation Ecosystems.

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

Partnership sought for HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -02-11- Development and demonstration of mobile and stationary compressed hydrogen refuelling solutions for inland shipping and short-distance maritime operations

Partnership sought for HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -02-11- Development and demonstration of mobile and stationary compressed hydrogen refuelling solutions for inland shipping and short-distance maritime operations.

  • By Jacob Munch

Marine litter and pollution – Smart and low environmental impact fishing gears

Challenge: This project addresses the challenges occurring from marine pollution caused by waste from fishing activities, in line with among others the Single Use Plastic Directive and the Port Reception Facilities Directive. The reduction of the marine pollution and preservation of marine fauna have high attention from the Commission where marine habitats, including seabed suffer negative effects e.g. from lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears. This project will contribute to the implementation of EU legislation, e.g.: the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Directive 2019/904)31 As a leading manufacturer and innovator of marine fishing gear, Cosmos Trawl located in Hirtshals, Denmark and owned by Iceland based Hampidjan, is an important player in the fishing industry. The company is well-known for its unique facilities. They supply high-quality fishing gear for the sea-going fishing, and fish farm net cages of any type and strive to be the world’s best supplier of efficient, modern fishing gear. This include an increasing focus on circularity where collected waste materials from production is recycled into new plastic granulates and thereby new fishing gear. Furthermore, the company has recently increased its collection of used ghost fishing gears with the ambition to recycle as much as possible.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Blue Economy WG: Call for regional examples related to zero pollution in marine and water systems

The Blue Economy Working Group is looking for regional examples related to zero pollution in marine and water systems to be presented in its upcoming meeting focusing on zero pollution in the blue economy. The meeting will take place on 21 September and will be organised as an online event. The deadline for submitting your contributions is 27 July COB.

  • By Teresa Vio

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor (deadline: 15 June)

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor to join its Secretariat! The successful candidate will work to ensure the delivery of the Horizon Europe Mission on climate-neutral and smart cities by taking part in the activities of the NetZeroCities project. The deadline to apply is 15 June.