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Make your own maritime event memorable by linking it to #EMD2018


Not just one EMD: Bring European Maritime Day to Your Country

Every year up to one thousand European maritime professionals from both the public sector and the corporate world flock to a hosting port city to discuss the latest news in maritime development and shape future action. The 2018 edition will take place on the Black Sea, in the coastal city of Burgas, Bulgaria.

But there is not just one EMD. A series of local EMD events are also organised all over Europe for the public at large, so that the many European regions with a maritime culture can join in the celebrations and highlight the vital role of the seas and oceans for our life and for the economy.

Public interest and activism about the challenges to our seas and oceans have been rising steadily in recent years, and understandably so has attendance to the local EMD events. The fact that these events often have a "fun and game" component for a younger public only adds to their appeal and to their effectiveness in spreading the message.


So why not make your own European Maritime Day?

To join in the celebrations, all you need is a local event in any country, even non-EU, related to the sea and held between April and July 2018.

If you are organising such an event, consider linking it to European Maritime Day and making your event a European Maritime Day event. There are many good reasons to do so:


What's in it for me?

The European Commission will support your event in various ways that will increase its resonance and prestige.

  • You will be able to add the "EMD" brand to your event, letting your event into the wider EMD family and giving it a European dimension.
  • You will receive from us a number of EMD promotional items such as notepads, posters, flags and eco-friendly textile shoulder bags.
  • You will have a chance to be appointed EMD "ambassador". We may invite a person representing your event to come to the EMD Conference in Burgas and pitch your project.
  • Photos or short videos of your event may be shown at the EMD Conference.
  • Your event will be advertised at the EMD Conference in Burgas, on our web site and through our social media network.


What we need from you

All you need to do is make your event known to us by applying here before 28 February 2018. You will provide the title, date and location of your event, its target audience and a short description of how it addresses the maritime theme and how it is promoted. If your event meets the two conditions (sea theme and timing) it will be accepted as a "European Maritime Day in My Country" event - and the advantages will be yours.

You will then provide:

  • Before your event: the detailed programme (web link).
  • After your event: 3 photos of the event and/or a maximum 1-minute video (with the authorization to use them).


What kind of event?

Eligible activities may include (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Beach-cleaning initiatives
  • Environmental actions
  • Guided tours of cities and ports
  • Workshops, conferences, seminars, exhibitions on maritime themes
  • Eco-tours and walks in areas with significant maritime heritage (cultural, environmental), excursions by boat
  • Visits to maritime museums or former ships, shipyards, port facilities
  • Information activities on maritime skills or maritime research projects
  • Information activities on sustainable coastal tourism
  • Information activities on sustainable waste management (eg recycling of fishing gears)
  • Sailing/surfing/kite surfing lessons for children, sailing awareness campaigns
  • Reading clubs, art contests, art exhibitions, photo competitions, dance performances, street shows, urban games, stand-up performances, theatrical plays, concerts – as long as the sea is the main theme
  • Education and artistic activities for school children
  • University or school projects
  • Marine camps for teenagers
  • Any other activity for the public with the sea as a central theme and held between April and July 2018

Organisers may be national, regional or local authorities; academia or research institutes; Non-Governmental Organisations; port authorities, maritime museums, clusters, consultants, businesses; theatres, arts centres; nautical sports clubs; FLAGs, RTD projects, fishermen, and so on.

If you have any questions please contact us.