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Rud Pedersen Public Affairs Brussels hosts online event series: EU Blue Deal Debates

Rud Pedersen Public Affairs Brussels will host a series of online lunchtime conversations on the need for a European Blue Deal to ensure environmental sustainability for all activities related to oceans, seas and coasts.

Entitled Blue Deal Debates, the fortnightly webinars will centre on a parallel green deal for Europe’s blue economy. The industry itself, which has the potential to double in size by 2030, provides 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year across Europe.

The debates are led by former chair of the European Parliament’s PECH Committee, Chris Davies, and will include guest speakers from the European Institutions, industry and NGOs in each session. While often environmentalists, institutions and industry talk at cross purposes, a format exploring their rich common ground will provide participants with insights on what all aspects of the fisheries sector deem as crucial for Europe to reach sustainability targets.

The first in the series focuses on Achieving Sustainability: The EU, Overfishing and MSY, with panelists Maja Kirchner, Head of Unit - DG MARE, Daniel Voces, Managing Director – Europeche and Rebecca Hubbard, Program Director – Our Fish.

Christ Davies, host of the debates, has explained how “sustaining and enhancing the life of our seas is every bit as much a concern to those who catch and eat fish as it is to those who seek to protect nature and curb climate change. The potential exists to create a Blue Deal Coalition to push for sustainable policies for our seas that complement those of Europe's Green Deal.”

Going live April 21 13:00-14:00 CET, registration is free of charge through the link below.