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European Maritime Day in Valletta 2013

European Maritime Day in Valletta 2013

European Maritime Day in Valletta 2013


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.


21 May 2013 - Programme, speeches and reports

Summary programme pdf - 346 KB [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

Keynote speeches
21/05/2013, 09:30-10:10

  • MS. MARIA DAMANAKI, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
    Speech pdf - 65 KB [65 KB] - Download video
  • MR. DINNY MCGINLEY, Minister of State with responsibility for the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking areas) and Islands, Ireland
    Speech pdf - 66 KB [66 KB] - Download video
  • MS. CATHARINA ELMSÄTER-SVÄRD, Swedish Minister of Infrastructure
    Speech pdf - 261 KB [261 KB] - Download video
  • MS. GESINE MEISSNER, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE), rapporteur on the proposal for a Directive on MSP and ICM
    Speech pdf - 16 KB [16 KB] - 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"
21/05/2013, 16:00-17:30

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


  • MR. JOHN PORTELLI, Chief Executive Officer, Valletta Cruise Port
    Presentation pdf - 4 MB [4 MB]
  • MR. DAVID DINGLE, Chief Executive Officer of Carnival UK
    Presentation pdf - 138 KB [138 KB]
  • MS. EEVA HIETANEN, Chairman of the ESPO Passengers Committee and Director of Communications & Cruise Development at Port of Helsinki
    Presentation pdf - 734 KB [734 KB]
  • MR. EMMANUELE GRIMALDI, Grimaldi Lines, representing Interferry
    Presentation pdf - 293 KB [293 KB]

Parallel session 2: "Marine and coastal management – fostering sustainable development and climate change adaptation"
21/05/2013, 16:00-17:30

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


  • MS. MICHELLE BORG, Malta’s Government Representative
    Presentation pdf - 335 KB [335 KB]
  • PROFESSOR LAURENCE MEE, Director of the Scottish Association of Marine Science
    Presentation pdf - 4 MB [4 MB]
  • MS. EMMY BOLSIUS, Director of the coast programme of the Netherlands
    Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
  • MS. JACQUELINE ALDER, Head of the UNEP coastal and marine ecosystems branch
    Presentation pdf - 793 KB [793 KB]

Parallel session 3: "Mediterranean Sea Region – laying the conditions for sustainable growth and jobs"
21/05/2013, 16:00-17:30

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
21/05/2013, 18:00-18:30

  • MS. LOWRI EVANS, Director-General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
    Speech pdf - 35 KB [35 KB] - Download the video
  • DR. EDWARD ZAMMIT LEWIS, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Malta - Download the video
  • MR. MICHAEL ODENWALD, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany - Download the video
  • MR. MARTIN GÜNTHNER, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen - Download the video

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

European Maritime Day - 22 May 2013

09:00 - 09:20 Opening Address to Stakeholders Day 2013

09:30 - 11:00 The EU Integrated Maritime Policy and human health and well-being: What’s the connection?

09:30 - 11:00 Islands as catalysts for sustainable innovation and economic development 

09:30 - 11:00 EU Regions: pathway to boost maritime coastal tourism

09:30 - 11:00 Tourism and Biodiversity: Opportunities and Threats

09:30 - 11:00 Knowing and dealing with oil pollution, a condition for tourism in coastal areas

09:30 - 11:00 Supporting adaptation efforts in coastal and maritime areas through guidance and good practice examples 

09:30 - 11:00 Sailing Towards Horizon2020 - RDI Priorities and Instruments for the Waterborne Sector

11:30 - 13:00 Copernicus - working towards safer seas

11:30 - 13:00 The Baltic Sea Region - from local and coastal cases to “blue” macro-regional strategies

11:30 - 13:00 Boosting maritime tourism destinations in Europe

11:30 - 13:00 Striking the right balance between marine protected areas and nautical tourism in Mediterranean Sea

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?

14:00 - 15:30 Harnessing natural capital to deliver blue growth: Lessons learnt from the Ecosystem Approach

14:00 - 15:30 Maritime Education – Maritime Tourism – Maritime Innovation

14:00 - 15:30 Maritime and coastal heritage: basis for tourism and local economy

14:00 - 15:30 Port Reception Facilities: towards sustainable marine tourism in Europe

14:00 - 15:30 Regional Co-operation about the deployment of Offshore Wind Energy in Europe

16:00 - 16:30 Conclusion of the European Maritime Day Conference 2013