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Bastia Hosts European BlueConnect Project Meeting

Bastia hosts European BlueConnect project meeting

Bastia, Corsica, France (PortSEurope) October 26, 2018 – A forum took place this week within the framework of the European BlueConnect project “Connecting micro-SMEs to high-potential maritime markets”. The BlueConnect project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial fabric of small and medium-sized enterprises in the three port activity sectors. : yachting and yachting, logistics, cruises and ferries.  Several themes were discussed, such as the challenges of the
circular economy for port territories and the different port strategies in waste management. Among the speakers, Christophe Avellan, deputy director of the Mediterranean Sea Cluster, leader of the project, spoke about the circular economy in the ports of commerce and their territory. Camille Fabre, Regional Director of ADEME Corsica, presented the concept of circular economy and its application in a port territory. Jean-Marc Palazzi, director of the Office for the Environment of Corsica, explained the approach “Clean Ports” in marinas in Corsica. Coming from Livorno, Matteo Bocci, expert in blue economy has developed the concept of blue economy as defined by the European Commission and the role of ports in this economy. He presented the WestMed cooperation project, as well as examples of projects on the development of sustainable maritime activities and the protection of ecosystems in the Mediterranean and in different European regions. The Blue Connect project is part of the INTERREG Italy-France Maritime program for which the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haute-Corse (CCI 2B) is a full partner, or active in working groups for projects mainly carried by the OTC (Office of Transport of Corsica), said, Stefanu Venturini, Vice President of ICC 2B, President of the Bastia Commercial Port Commission and Chair of the Grand Port Project Commission.  This project, which began in February 2017, will end in the first quarter of 2019. The Mediterranean Sea Pole based in Toulon is organized around seven French and Italian partners and 5 Mediterranean regions. The CCI of Bastia and Haute-Corse, through its ports, fully subscribes to this approach and regularly associates with think tanks and working groups dealing with these issues. Source: Corse Net Infos Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2018.

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