The development of maritime policy requires a number of key issues to be addressed,including an understanding of the employment impact and trends of activities related to thesea or using sea resources. For example, in the past the economic and employmentimpact of activities related to the sea have been underestimated because of the rathernarrow definition of the maritime cluster (including mainly activities related to shipping,ports and shipbuilding). The maritime cluster concept has not traditionally comprisedactivities such as coastal tourism, cruise tourism, offshore and coastal wind energy – all ofwhich are strong growth sectors in Europe. Furthermore, an effective implementation ofEuropean policies in the maritime field requires an assessment of the policies aimed atboosting sea related employment. (Autor s.Copyright)
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