Starting up the Blue Economy
Network of 5 European port cities come together to promote innovation in the blue economy
Following the success of the first generation of the Urbact BluAct Transfer Network - in which 6 European cities were supported to transfer a Good Practice in Blue Growth Entrepreneurship from the city of Piraeus between 2018 and 2020 - a further four cities have now also been given the opportunity to learn from the Piraeus Good Practice. Between June 2021 and December 2022, the cities of Koper (Slovenia), Liepaja (Latvia) Gdansk (Poland) and Boulogne-Sur-Mer (France) will participate in the Second Wave of the BluAct Urbact Network, through which they will seek to transfer the Piraeus Good Practice in running a Blue Growth Entrepreneurship competition to their own cities and share and learn from each other’s experiences in the process. The new partners in the BluAct Network will benefit from the rich experience of the city of Piraeus and will work alongside a nominated lead expert who led the original Transfer Network. With much of the hard work already done to break down the Good Practice into understandable blocks, it should be easier second time around to apply the transfer method.The project is funded by the EU's URBACT III program, which helps cities develop sustainable, pragmatic solutions by integrating economic, social and environmental urban themes.