(Brussels) The European Parliament and Commission are co-hosting a “high-level conference” in Brussels on the importance of “healthy oceans” tomorrow, 19 March. “The oceans are of crucial importance as they are home to a rich biodiversity, act as climate regulators and offer food security”, an introduction to the event reads. Oceans “contribute to the European economy with a turnover of €566 billion, providing jobs for nearly 3.5 million people”. The programme for tomorrow’s event, following the opening ceremony (featuring contributions by Gesine Meissner, Special Envoy of the President of the European Parliament on Maritime Affairs; Karmenu Vella, Commissioner responsible for Environment and Maritime Affairs; and Romania’s Minister of the Environment, Adriana Petcu), includes three “panels”. The first panel is dedicated to “Shaping global ocean governance”; the second to “Achieving healthy, clean seas and oceans”; and the third to “A sustainable blue economy, reducing pressures on the oceans”. The event will feature contributions from representatives of politics, science, international institutions, research centres and environmental NGOs. The opening remarks will be delivered by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.