Maritime Affairs

European Maritime Day host cities 2020-2024 announced

European Maritime Day host cities 2020-2024 announced

European Maritime Day host cities 2020-2024 announced


The Council of the European Union has announced the European Maritime Day (EMD) host cities for the period 2020-2024:

  • Cork, Ireland will host EMD 2020;
  • Den Helder, The Netherlands will host EMD 2021;
  • Ravenna, Italy will host EMD 2022;
  • Brest, France will host EMD 2023;
  • and Svendborg, Denmark will host EMD 2024.

The European Commission congratulates the host cities and looks forward to close and fruitful cooperation for the successful organisation of the events.

This year's event took place in Poole, United Kingdom. Burgas, Bulgaria, will host EMD 2018 and Lisbon will host EMD 2019.


About European Maritime Day

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and forge joint action, in support of an integrated approach to maritime affairs. It is an inspiring, interactive and dynamic event with a strong focus on key European Commission priorities. EMD was officially created on 20 May 2008 and since then is celebrated annually across Europe on 20 May.

The main event of EMD is the European Maritime Day conference, held in a different region with a different theme each year. The EMD conference includes plenary sessions (with the participation of high level and key-experts), stakeholder workshops as well as B2B matchmaking meetings and an exhibition. It attracts regularly more than 1000 participants - policy-makers, maritime stakeholders, industry professionals and NGOs - from across the EU. 

Apart from EMD conference, each year many EMD events are organised at national, regional or local level in many EU countries, covering a broad range of activities to showcase, discuss and celebrate the benefits of addressing issues and policies related to the sea and coast in an integrated way.


  • EMD 2008, Brussels: "A Regional Approach to the Implementation of Maritime Policy"
  • EMD 2009, Rome: "Integrated Maritime Policy and the Contribution of Maritime Clusters"
  • EMD 2010, Gijón: "How to Foster Innovation"
  • EMD 2011, Gdansk: "Maritime Policy: Putting People First"
  • EMD 2012, Gothenburg: "Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts"
  • EMD 2013, Valletta: "Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism"
  • EMD 2014, Bremen: "Innovation Driving Blue Growth"
  • EMD 2015, Piraeus: "Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth"
  • EMD 2016, Turku: "Investing in Blue Growth – Smart and Sustainable Solutions"
  • EMD 2017, Poole: "The Future of our Seas"
  • EMD 2018, Burgas
  • EMD 2019, Lisbon

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