European Maritime Day: extracts from the signing ceremony with the participation of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, José Manuel Barroso and Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU
End production: 20/05/2008 First transmission: 20/05/2008
From 20 May 2008 on, the EU will annually celebrate a Maritime Day to generate greater public awareness of the importance of Europe's oceans and seas. After the debate and vote on the own-initiative report by Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk, Member of the EP, on an integrated maritime policy on behalf of the Transport Committee on 20 May in Strasbourg, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, officially launched this event. The three Presidents signed a Joint Tripartite Declaration establishing a European Maritime Day. This day should highlight the contribution that oceans and seas will make to helping Europe meet the challenges of a globalised world. The European Maritime Day should also be an opportunity to celebrate Europe's maritime heritage and maritime identity. Finally, it should help raise awareness of the importance of the maritime heritage and identity throughout the EU, and emphasize the key role of EU's coastal regions.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Document: Joint Tripartite Declaration establishing a "European Maritime Day" (2 shots)
||Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that nothing is more global than our seas; they are the avenues of globalisation, the hidden treasures of natural resources, the engines of our daily climate, the resorts for our personal recreation; it is therefore high time that the EU turns its focus on our maritime environment: they should improve the competitiveness of Europe's sea related sectors while at the same time ensuring a healthy and sustainable ocean environment
||Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, (in ENGLISH) saying that the better they integrate the economic, social and environmental aspects of the maritime policy, the better they will be able to exploit the potential of the sea; that is why he is sure that the integrated maritime policy adopted by the EC in October and supported by the European Council in December, represents an important milestone on the path to sustainable sea management
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that the new maritime policy represents a fully holistic approach, it considers all aspects of maritime activities and environment, but also represents a fully integrated approach as it recognises that all those parts are pieces of a single chain and need to be considered in a joint decision-making process;
saying that Europe's maritime policy is for Europe's citizens; they want them to fully appreciate the importance that the oceans and seas have in their life; this is precisely why they are celebrating the European Maritime Day
||Signature of the Tripartite joint declaration by Janez Janša, Hans-Gert Pöttering and José Manuel Barroso (3 shots)
||Cutaways (7 shots)