The 6th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference was held successfully in Valletta, Malta, on May 21 & 22, 2013. It has attracted the attention of the European and the Mediterranean Maritime community with 847 participants who attended the 27 sessions of the Conference. The European Maritime Day 2013 was also celebrated accross EU with 14 events in different member states.
The European Maritime Day 2013 was organised by the European Commission (DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) in partnership with the Maltese Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, and the Maltese Ministry for Tourism.
The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, were at the heart of the discussions. There were high-level political debates as well as more practical exchanges between maritime stakeholders. Thoughts, ideas and new concepts have been devised during the Conference.
The venue was the beautiful Mediterranean Conference Center, the former "Sacra Imfermeria" of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, which is located adjacent to Fort St Elmo and overlooking the Grand Harbour.
Summary programme [346 KB]
21/05/2013, 07:30 Registration in Mediterranean Conference Centre
Moderator for the day: MR. AXEL WENBLAD, Former Director General of Swedish Board of Fisheries
Opening - Welcome to European Maritime Day 2013
21/05/2013, 09:00-09:30 - Joint welcome address - Download video
Prize ceremony for students' competition
21/05/2013, 10:10-10:30 - Download the video
Competitions for students have been held across Malta and Gozo: Painting/Collage Competition for Primary students on the theme of maritime tourism and Essay Competition on maritime heritage or the Mediterranean Sea.
COMMISSIONER DAMANAKI, accompanied by DR. EDWARD ZAMMIT LEWIS, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Malta and DR. ALAN DEIDUN will present the awards to the selected students.
Plenary session 1: “Investing in sustainable maritime and coastal tourism – on the path towards Blue Growth"
21/05/2013, 11:00-12:30 - Axel Wenblad - Download the video
How can we foster competitiveness and employment of the European coastal and maritime tourism (EU 2020 objectives)? How do we overcome seasonality? Should maritime heritage be revived in the context of maritime and coastal tourism?
The first plenary session will focus on new opportunities for maritime and coastal tourism in Europe. Sustainability challenges (environmental impacts of tourism and relevant socio-cultural aspects) will also be key elements of the debates.
Moderator: MS. LOWRI EVANS, Director-General, Directorate General for maritime affairs and fisheries, European Commission - Download the video
Discussion - Download the video
Plenary session 2: "Connectivity for Blue Growth in Europe"
21/05/2013, 14:00-15:30 - Axel Wenblad - Download the video
The seas surrounding Europe today already provide an important space for the movement of people, goods and services. Yet, more can be done to better connect islands and coastal regions and stimulate blue growth in Europe.
This means improving the fluidity of goods and information flows and increase capacities in traditional sectors such as transport, shipping and port services but also harnessing the potential of emerging sectors, develop specialised clusters of maritime services and technology sharing. This plenary session will look at ways in which maritime connectivity can be developed further to create synergies amongst sectors and regions and contribute to maritime economic growth.
Moderator: MR. FOTIS KARAMITSOS, Acting Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission - Download the video
Discussion - Download the video
Parallel session 1: "The cruise sector – a safe and sustainable growth sector"
The cruise industry has seen enormous growth in recent years and has an enviable safety record. It is also a sector which is one of the drivers of competitive and innovative shipbuilding in Europe. How can the contribution of this sector to the Blue Economy and European Maritime tourism be maximised? How is safety on these ever-growing vessels maintained and improved?
Another pre-requisite for the sustainability of the sector is to pay close attention to its environmental impact, including the coast and its forage into new and pristine maritime areas. What is the record of the sector with regard to the environment, and how can it contribute to Blue Growth through innovative and sustainable concepts?
Moderator: MR. FOTIS KARAMITSOS, Acting Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
Parallel session 2: "Marine and coastal management – fostering sustainable development and climate change adaptation"
What tools do we have at our disposal to manage seas and coasts in a perspective of Blue Growth? What knowledge do we need in order to make sustainable decisions? What is the impact of climate change and how best to adapt to them? How big are the cumulative human pressures that affect the marine environment? The session aims to discuss these elements.
Moderator: MR. KARL FALKENBERG, Director-General, Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission
Parallel session 3: "Mediterranean Sea Region – laying the conditions for sustainable growth and jobs"
The marine and maritime actions launched in the Mediterranean Sea region have greatly improved its environmental status, maximised the sustainable use of resources and enhanced the sustainable growth and jobs in the region. How could we pave the way for the blue economy to further flourish in the region?
There are several good examples of regional stakeholders which are working together in a spirit to achieve tangible results. The IMP-Med Project being implemented under the European Neighbourhood Policy will add to further discussions.
Moderator: MS. MONIQUE PARIAT, Director for the Mediterranean and Black Sea, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission - Download the video
Discussion - Download the video
Messages for stakeholder-day – closing of political day
Axel Wenblad - Download the video
Reception for participants
21/05/2013, 18:30 - 20:30
Concert by the tenor Joseph Calleja, held under the distinguished patronage of HE Dr. George Abela, President of Malta
21/05/2013, 20:30 - 21:30
09:00 - 09:20 Opening Address to Stakeholders Day 2013
09:30 - 11:00 EU Regions: pathway to boost maritime coastal tourism
09:30 - 11:00 Tourism and Biodiversity: Opportunities and Threats
11:30 - 13:00 Copernicus - working towards safer seas
11:30 - 13:00 Boosting maritime tourism destinations in Europe
11:30 - 13:00 Sustainable shipping by market-based measures
11:30 - 13:00 Removal of marine litter in Europe's 4 regional seas
11:30 - 13:00 What role for a Marine KIC in Europe?
16:00 - 16:30 Conclusion of the European Maritime Day Conference 2013