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European Maritime Day in Rome 2009

European Maritime Day in Rome 2009

European Maritime Day in Rome 2009


The European Maritime Day stakeholder conference brought together more than 1 200 decision makers and practitioners from throughout Europe and neighbouring regions in Rome on 18, 19 and 20 May. The high level political participation included European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Vice-President of the European Parliament Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou and Stefan Füle, Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU; government ministers, and leading representatives of maritime organisations. 


Programme - Tuesday, 19 May 2009

9.00 - 10.55:  WORKSHOP SESSION 1

Workshop 1 - An all-embracing stakeholder platform for a holistic maritime policy

Workshop 2 - Raising awareness of common maritime heritage as a cultural pillar of the Intergrated Maritime Policy

Workshop 3 - The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy as part of the Integrated Maritime Policy

Workshop 4 - A new agenda for excellence in maritime transport

Workshop 5 - How can atlases help to organise and promote the seas?

11.05 - 13.00:  WORKSHOP SESSION 2

Workshop 6 - High-level round table (6): Integrated maritime governance in EU Member States

Workshop 2 - (continued)

Workshop 7 - Scientific input to the integrated management of sea basins

Workshop 8 - Towards better governance and sustainable use of the Mediterranean sea

Workshop 9 - Progress towards a Maritime Transport Space without barriers

Workshop 10 - Energy from the ocean − emerging technologies

14.30:  Plenary Session

Welcome addresses by:

Mauro CUTRUFO, Deputy Mayor of Rome
Altero MATTEOLI, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Italy

Keynote Speeches of hosts and representatives of the tripartite declaration:

Silvio BERLUSCONI,  Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy
Stefan FÜLE,  Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic representing of the Presidency of the Council of the EU
Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the European Parliament
José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission

16.00 - 18.00: WORKSHOP SESSION 3

Workshop 11 - Optimizing sustainable use of sea space through maritime spatial planning

Workshop 12 - Maritime Industries: Maritime prosperity in challenging times

Workshop 13 - Adapting to the impact of climate change on coastal regions

Workshop 14 - Towards an integrated surveillance system

Workshop 15 - Supporting sustainable growth in coastal tourism

Programme - Wednesday, 20 May 2009

9.00 - 10.30:  Plenary Session

Progress of the European Integrated Maritime Policy

Chair: Joe BORG,  European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

With the participation of:

Altero MATTEOLI, Italian Minister of Infrastructures and Transport
Jean-François TALLEC, Secretary General for the Sea, France
Gabriella LINDHOLM, Ambassador for the Marine Environment, the Ministry of the Environment, Sweden
Elisabeth WALAAS, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Franco FRATTINI, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Andrea RONCHI, Italian Minister of EU Affairs 

11.00 - 13.00: Plenary Session

Ministerial panel on the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Mediterranean Sea Basin

Chair: Altero MATTEOLI, Minister of Infrastructures and Transport of the Republic of Italy

With the participation of:

Antonio TAJANI, EU Commissioner responsible for Transport
Stefania CRAXI, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of the Mediterranean Basin, Italy
a representative of the upcoming Swedish Presidency of the EU Council, and
Ministers of Infrastructure and Transport from Algeria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Egypt, France, (Libya), Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Tunisia (to be confirmed)
Presentation by Minister Altero MATTEOLI of the Mediterranean Regional Automatic Identification System (Italian Coast Guard) and Regional Agreements/RAM Activity (Italian Mediterranean Motorways Network)

Signature of a Motion of Understanding for the Motorways of the Sea between Spain and Italy

14.00 - 16.00: Panel Discussion

Contribution of Maritime Clusters to Competitiveness and Regional Development

Chair: Niko WIJNOLST, Chairman of the European Network of Maritime Clusters

Key note speeches:

Günther VERHEUGEN, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry
Luc VAN DEN BRANDE, President of the Committee of the Regions

Panel discussion with the participation of:

Corrado ANTONINI, Honorary Chair of the European Shipbuilding Association
Jaakko ESKOLA, President of the Maritime Equipment Council (EMEC)
Arturo GONZÁLEZ ROMERO, General Manager Spanish Maritime Cluster
Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, President of the Region of Brittany
Patrice LEFEU, Executive Director, Green Atlantic for Sustainable Development Project (GASD)
Philippe LOUIS-DREYFUS, President of European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA)
Jean-Yves PERROT, President of Ifremer

16.00 - 17.30: Plenary Session

Reporting from the workshops and general discussion

Chair: Johan VANDE LANOTTE, President of Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC)

17.30 - 18.00: Closing of the conference and conclusions

Joe BORG, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Altero MATTEOLI, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Italy