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About the European Maritime Day

20 May is European Maritime Day.

Established in 2008, European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth, and the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’ as the slogan goes. It is also a public event reaching out to young people and citizens across Europe through local events under the ‘EMD in my Country’ label.

EMD has not only enabled many project partnerships and co-operations among stakeholders, it has also contributed to getting the need of sustainable management of ocean resources higher on the EU’s agenda.

Stakeholders generally find the European Maritime Day a great opportunity to touch base with strategic partners, to make new contacts and network, get visibility for their projects, ideas, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape and provide input into European Maritime Policy formulation. 

  1. 2020

    Cork: Because of the coronavirus and social distancing rules, the event was cancelled

  2. 2019

    Lisbon: Blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy. 

  3. 2018

    Burgas: A blue growth Initiative for research and innovation in the Black Sea

  4. 2017

    Poole: The future of our seas. The European Maritime Day celebrated its tenth anniversary.

  5. 2016

    Turku: Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions

  6. 2015

    Piraeus: Ports and coasts, gateways to maritime growth

  7. 2014

    Bremen: Innovation driving blue growth

  8. 2013

    Valletta: Coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism

  9. 2012

    Gothenburg: Sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and coasts

  10. 2011

    Gdansk: Maritime policy: putting people first

  11. 2010

    Gijón: How to foster innovation?

  12. 2009

    Rome: Integrated maritime policy and the contribution of maritime clusters

  13. 2008

    Brussels: A regional approach to the implementation of maritime policy