The European Commission has today adopted an Action Plan to boost the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The aim of the Action Plan is to show how the EU can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and promote the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020, while at the same time ensuring protection of the environment.

As European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, stated: &ldqu...

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