Flanders aims to use North Sea as so-called “blue economy” source

Friday, 15 February 2019 15:40
The aim is to open up the massive opportunities for research and sustainable exploitation. The aim is to open up the massive opportunities for research and sustainable exploitation. © Belga
On Friday, the Flemish government and businesses from various sectors signed up to the so-called “blue cluster”.
The project aims to exploit the innovative and sustainable possibilities of the North Sea.

The commitment is a maximum of half a million euro per year over a period of 10 years, explained Philippe Muyters, the Flemish Minister for Innovation.

“Scientists claim that the 21st century will be the so-called “century of the oceans”. The sea is not just a natural resource. It also offers a multitude of possibilities for research and sustainable exploitation, across various sectors,” said Geert Bourgeois, the Flemish Minister-President.

The cluster will be comprised of regional authorities and major companies, such as Tractebel, Colruyt, Jan De Nul and even DEME (Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering).

Lars Andersen
The Brussels Times
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