European Maritime Day 2012 was celebrated in Gothenburg, Sweden. Representatives of the maritime sector from all over Europe participated in the European Maritime Day Conference on 21th and 22nd May.
This year, we highlighted blue growth. We showed how the Integrated Maritime Policy is benefiting Europe's maritime and coastal communities, but also that the European maritime economy should keep and strengthen its innovative and competitive edge. All the growth opportunities presented during the Conference should start emerging everywhere in Europe. The maritime economy can make a strong contribution to the Europe 2020 agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A spirit of innovation and determination was noticeable in all of the debates.
The integrated maritime policy must develop hand in hand with its stakeholders, and European Maritime Day in Gothenburg illustrated this shared commitment. Maritime Day is genuinely a stakeholder event.
Events in Europe 2012 [99 KB]
Summary programme [177 KB]
21/05/2012, 07:30 - 09:00
Moderator for the day: Axel Wenblad, Former Director General Swedish Board of Fisheries, Senior Adviser Region Västra Götaland
Joint welcome address and welcome addresses
Keynote speech Maria Damanaki, Member of the European Commission
21/05/2012, 09:45 - 10:00
The official signature of the European Social Partners Agreement on the ILO Convention 188
21/05/2012, 10:45 - 11:15
Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Armindo Silva, Director for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the European Social Partners of the sea fisheries sector (Europêche/Cogeca and European Transport Workers Federation)
How can innovation act as a catalyst for growth and jobs both in established and emerging marine and maritime activities? How could Europe retain and strengthen its lead in these markets through innovation and research? What are the barriers and opportunities?
Chair: Tim Hall, Head of Unit, Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food, DG Research and Development, European Commission
Introduction [57 KB]
Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), as promoted by the EU integrated maritime policy, is crucial for creating an environment in which the maritime economy can grow in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. Transparency, stability, predictability and reduced transaction costs are the factors that encourage and accelerate investments – and are among the benefits that MSP can bring. Innovation in Fisheries will also be covered.
Chair: Lowri Evans, Director General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Report from the event [222 KB]
What is the potential of renewable ocean energies in the face of the climate and fossil fuel reduction challenge? What are the consequences for the environment and spatial planning when we contemplate building up renewable ocean energy capacity? What are the regional 'blue growth' implications of ocean energy industries for coastal zones?
Chair: Andreas Reuter, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES
This session will focus on clean technologies as providers of a competitive edge for shipping and European shipping in particular. It will also touch on the "Sustainable Waterborne Transport Toolbox" presented in September 2011 and accompanying the amendment of the EU Directive on Sulphur in marine fuels proposed by the European Commission.
Chair: Willem de Ruiter, Former Director EMSA
EU regional funding strategies are being implemented in the Baltic and Danube areas to help promote business opportunities and create jobs. For maritime regions, such as the Atlantic or Arctic, regional funding strategies could be used to focus efforts on projects that can help to grow the blue economy. Regional strategies can also help regions work together on a cross-border basis on joint projects. Investment can come from the EU's structural and cohesion funds, and research funding from the new Horizon 2020 package. Depending on local needs, this could mean a renewed focus on areas such as coastal tourism, marine energies, maritime transport, etc.
Chair: Bernhard Friess, Director, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Report from the event [287 KB]
14 countries have been working together in the past 2 years within 2 pilot projects to achieve a more efficient maritime surveillance of their seas based on cooperation across borders and across sectors. Two pilot projects, BlueMassMed and MARSUNO, has brought together civil and military user communities and the corresponding authorities dealing with maritime surveillance from the perspective of merchant transport, customs, marine environment, border and civil protection, defence, fisheries control or law enforcement. Both pilot projects will report about their challenges and recommendations: Did it work? Is it worth it? What is next?
Chair: Monique Pariat, Director, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Seafood platter in the foyer of Eriksbergshallen
21/05/2012, 18:15 - 19:15
Prize ceremony Kungsfenan – The Swedish Seafood Award
21/05/2012, 19:15 - 20:15
We will honour the prize winners in three categories; Maritime Gastronomy (Elena Arzak, Spain), Sustainable Fisheries (Keith J Sainsbury and Tony Smith, Australia) and Innovator of the Year (Josef Nygren, Sweden).
09:00 - 09:30 Opening Address to Stakeholders Day 2012
10:00 - 11:30 Better Coherence in the Baltic Sea Region
10:00 - 11:30 Ecosystem based management in practise
13:00 - 14:30 Innovation with a purpose – healthy environment for all
13:00 - 14:30 Sustainable shipping
15:00 - 16:30 Blue Growth, Green Limits – Values at Risk
15:00 - 16:30 Connectivity for Blue Growth
16:45 - 17:30 Conclusion of European Maritime Day 2012