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THE COMMISSION - Group photograph of the European Commissioners in 2017.



The European Union established a Commission to act as their executive and to promote its general interests. The Commission is composed of the College of Commissioners comprised of 28 members as seen below (@July 2017), including the President and Vice-Presidents. The Commissioners, one from each EU country, are the Commission's political leadership during a 5-year term. Each Commissioner is assigned responsibility for specific policy areas by the President.

 

 

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Jean-Claude Juncker

President

Frans Timmermans

1st Vice President

Federica Mogherini

High Representative, V. President

Andrus Ansip

Vice President

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Maroš Šefčovič

Vice President

Valdis Dombrovskis

Vice President

Jyrki Katainen

Vice President

Günther H. Oettinger

Commissioner

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Johannes Hahn

Commissioner

Cecilia Malmström

Commissioner

Neven Mimica

Commissioner

Miguel Arias Cañete

Commissioner

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Karmenu Vella

Commissioner

Vytenis Andriukaitis

Commissioner

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Commissioner

Marianne Thyssen

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Pierre Moscovici

Commissioner

Christos Stylianides

Commissioner

Phil Hogan

Commissioner

Violeta Bulc

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Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Commissioner

Věra Jourová

Commissioner

Tibor Navracsics

Commissioner

Corina Crețu

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Margrethe Vestager

Commissioner

Carlos Moedas

Commissioner

Julian King

Commissioner

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner

 


Some of the areas that the European Commission deal with that we are interested in are: Blue Growth, Climate Change, Ocean Energy and Marine Transport.

 

According to the EU's website Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The 'blue' economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. However, further growth is possible in a number of areas which are highlighted within the strategy.

 

The strategy consists of three components:

 

1. Develop  sectors that have a high potential for sustainable jobs and growth, such as:

 

a. aquaculture (Fisheries website)

b. coastal tourism

c. marine biotechnology

d. ocean energy

e. seabed mining

 

2. Essential components to provide knowledge, legal certainty and security in the blue economy

 

a. marine knowledge to improve access to information about the sea;

b. maritime spatial planning to ensure an efficient and sustainable management of activities at sea;

c. integrated maritime surveillance to give authorities a better picture of what is happening at sea.

 

2. Sea basin strategies to ensure tailor-made measures and to foster cooperation between countries

 

a. Adriatic and Ionian Seas

b. Arctic Ocean

c. Atlantic Ocean

d. Baltic Sea

e. Black Sea

f. Mediterranean Sea

g. North Sea

 

 

A-Z COMMISSIONER LISTING

 

Andriukaitis, Vytenis

Ansip, Andrus

Avramopoulos, Dimitris

Bieńkowska, Elżbieta

Bulc, Violeta

Cañete, Miguel Arias 

Crețu, Corina

Dombrovskis, Valdis

Gabriel, Mariya

Hahn, Johannes

Hogan, Phil

Jourová, Věra

Juncker, Jean-Claude

Katainen, Jyrki

King, Julian

Malmström, Cecilia

Mimica, Neven

Moedas, Carlos

Mogherini, Federica

Moscovici, Pierre
Navracsics,
Tibor

Oettinger, Günther H.
Šefčovič,
Maroš

Stylianides, Christos

Thyssen, Marianne

Timmermans, Frans
Vella, Karmenu
Vestager,
Margrethe

 

 

 

 

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and forge joint action, in support of an integrated approach to maritime affairs. It is an inspiring, interactive and dynamic event with a strong focus on key European Commission priorities. The EMD event was officially created on 20 May 2008 and since then is celebrated annually across Europe on 20 May.

 

EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY THEMES

 

* 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"

* Burgas 2018: Bulgaria "TBA"

* Lisbon 2019: Portugal "TBA"

* Cork 2020: Ireland "TBA"

* Den Helder 2021: The Netherlands "TBA"

* Ravenna 2022: Italy "TBA"

* Brest 2023: France "TBA"

* Svendborg 2024: Denmark "TBA"

 

The main event of any EMD is the European Maritime Day conference, held in a different region with a different theme each year. The EMD conference includes plenary sessions (with the participation of high level and key-experts), stakeholder workshops as well as B2B matchmaking meetings and an exhibition. It attracts regularly more than 1000 participants - policy-makers, maritime stakeholders, industry professionals and NGOs - from across the EU. For more information about European Maritime Day, please visit the EU's website

 

 

EU Commissioner for maritime affairs, Karmenu Vella

 

CREATION - 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 establishing it.

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

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Project team

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https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/policy/blue_growth_en

https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/policy/blue_growth_en

http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019_en

 

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