Since October 2007, the European Union has been pursuing the Integrated Maritime Policy as an innovative approach which, among several fundamental objectives, aims at fostering the development of efficient cooperation structures and governance among economic actors and stakeholders, while also encouraging sustainable growth. Building on the EU Integrated Maritime Approach, the Blue Growth strategy is designed to provide policy makers at EU and sea-basin level with a comprehensive, robust and consistent analysis of possible future policy options to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth from the oceans, seas and coasts.
In this context, the supply of a skilled workforce and the related education and training are key in order to maximise the potential of the Blue Economy. In 2014 DG MARE requested a study on how to support a possible network of maritime training academies and institutes in the Mediterranean Sea, the ultimate goal being the facilitation of training and education of skilled workforce across the Mediterranean countries. For over a year, the awarded Ecorys-led Consortium, including partners MRAG and NAYS, assessed the feasibility, added value and available options for setting in motion and/or reinforcing one or more (international) networks between institutions and organisations that provide education and training for marine and maritime professions. The study concluded that maritime education and training schemes in the Mediterranean are complex, fragmented and somewhat outdated. To overcome the existing obstacles, a ‘Passage Plan’ was designed, including recommendations for both policy makers (EU, international and national) and maritime education and training practitioners.
The full study with all conclusions and recommendations is available here.