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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. 

Timeline

  1. 2021
    Den Helder

    Towards a sustainable blue economy and ocean literacy for all

  2. 2020
    Cork

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

  3. 2019
    Lisbon

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

  4. 2018
    Burgas

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

  5. 2017
    Poole

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

  6. 2016
    Turku

    Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions

  7. 2015
    Piraeus

    Ports and coasts, gateways to maritime growth

  8. 2014
    Bremen

    Innovation driving blue growth

  9. 2013
    Valletta

    Coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism

  10. 2012
    Gothenburg

    Sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and coasts

  11. 2011
    Gdansk

    Maritime policy: putting people first

  12. 2010
    Gijón

    How to foster innovation?

  13. 2009
    Rome

    Integrated maritime policy and the contribution of maritime clusters

  14. 2008
    Brussels

    A regional approach to the implementation of maritime policy