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. 

Past themes

  • Cork 2020: Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus and social distancing rules, the organisers - European Commission, the Irish government, and Cork City Council - have taken the collective decision to cancel the event altogether. 
  • Lisbon 2019: Blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy. 
  • Burgas 2018: A Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea
  • Poole 2017: The Future of our Seas. The European Maritime Day celebrated its tenth anniversary.
  • Turku 2016: Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions
  • Piraeus 2015: Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth
  • Bremen 2014: Innovation driving Blue Growth
  • Valletta 2013: Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism
  • Gothenburg 2012: Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts
  • Gdansk 2011: Maritime Policy: Putting People First
  • Gijón 2010: How to foster innovation?
  • Rome 2009: Integrated Maritime Policy and the contribution of maritime clusters
  • Brussels 2008: A regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy

Related links

Maritime Forum website

European Maritime Day (European Atlas of the Seas).