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About EMD

About the European Maritime Day

The European Maritime Day (EMD) was officially created on 20 May 2008 where the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering, Council President Janez Janša, and Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a Joint Tripartite Declaration pdf - 95 KB [95 KB] establishing it.

EMD is celebrated annually across Europe on 20 May to raise the visibility of maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs.

The main event is the European Maritime Day conference, held in a different region with a different theme each year. This platform welcomes Europe's growing maritime community, with industry professionals from across the EU joining policymaker to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. Participants come from ports, shipping industries, clusters, environmental associations, trade unions, scientific and research institutions, education, and local, regional, national and European authorities, amongst others.

The EMD conference includes plenary and thematic sessions (with the participation of high level and key-experts) as well as workshops that are self-organised by interested stakeholders. The EMD conference regularly attracts more than 1000 maritime stakeholders for a unique, creative and motivating experience.

Future hosts of the European Maritime Day planned until 2024

  • Lisbon, Portugal in 2019.
  • Cork, Ireland in EMD 2020;
  • Den Helder, The Netherlands in EMD 2021;
  • Ravenna, Italy in EMD 2022;
  • Brest, France in EMD 2023;
  • Svendborg, Denmark in EMD 2024.

Headline themes of the past EMD conferences

  • Brussels 2008: "A regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy"
  • Rome 2009: "Integrated Maritime Policy and the contribution of maritime clusters"
  • Gijón 2010: "How to foster innovation?"
  • Gdansk 2011: "Maritime Policy: Putting People First"
  • Gothenburg 2012: "Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts"
  • Valletta 2013: "Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism"
  • Bremen 2014: "Innovation driving Blue Growth"
  • Piraeus 2015: "Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth"
  • Turku 2016: "Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions"
  • Poole 2017: "The Future of our Seas"

For these past conferences photos, programmes, conference reports, details on speakers are available in this section.

The European Maritime Day celebrated in Poole its tenth anniversary. EMD 2018 will take place in Burgas, Bulgaria.