BLACK SEA - The European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Bulgarian EU Presidency and the Municipality of Burgas are happy to invite you to European Maritime Day 2018. The conference will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria.



European Maritime Day is an event in May of each year that allows EU member states to table topics to do with the sea, as per the theme taglines seen below. The next stop for the European Maritime Day cruise is on 31st of May and 1st of June 2018 in sunny Burgas at the Black Sea at the Burgas Free University. As usual we are going to work with you to offer an attractive programme and great networking opportunities.


EMD conference 2018 will bring you:

* 19 stakeholders workshops

* a political opening with Ministers from Black Sea riparian states

* a high-level debate on "Black Sea Big Bang" – how to spur sustainable blue growth, generate investment and * increase cooperation for an economic boom of the Black Sea region

* a session on how to facilitate access to EU funds for Blue Growth and Sea-basin-cooperation projects




BLACK SEA - Exhibition of sunken treasures, interactive games for children and the International Scientific Conference.




Enterprise Europe Network- Yambol (hosted by Yambol Chamber of Commerce and Industry) is organizing a matchmaking event during European Maritime Day 2018 In Burgas, Bulgaria. The matchmaking event is an efficient and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners in the timeframe of 20 minutes pre-arranged meetings with local and international partners. This is usually enough to identify opportunity and build connections. It is an ideal way to find technology and business partners from Bulgaria and abroad, during an event which attracts delegates and experts from across Europe and beyond. The interested parties need to register, present themselves, their company/organization and a cooperation idea and select partners of interest in advance of the event, using especially designed b2b platform. The meetings are envisaged between 10.00 and 13.00 on 31.05.2018 in the building of Burgas Free University.


The link for registering in the matchmaking event is:


The event is free of charge. It gives opportunity to forge new partnerships for research projects, technology transfer and business collaborations and/or participation in projects funded by European programs. It is expected that participants from all across Europe will take part in the B2B meetings.







Meet face-to-face new partners and customers;
Acquire new cross-border contacts ;
Promote your technologies & know-how;
Find out latest trends in the marine and related industries;
Find technologies to partner with, license or acquire.




Maritime Industries:

Maritime Policy;
Coastal Areas and Ports;
Maritime Environment and Protected Areas;
Maritime and Shipyard Technologies and Equipment;
Maritime Services, Transport and Shipping;
Maritime and Port Security;
Skills and Training.


Blue Growth:


Coastal Tourism;
Marine Biotechnology;
Ocean Energy;
Seabed Mining;
Marine Research, Development and Innovation.



Register and publish your organizational focus and collaboration wishes at

The participants should register with their own username and password. Using the password, they are able to publish organizational and cooperation profile, product description, field of activity and type of partner they are looking for

Send, receive and validate meeting requests once booking is opened:

After 2 April 2018 the participants can start with the booking of meetings, followed by confirmation and scheduling of accepted meetings.

Your personal B2B meeting schedule will be ready before the event in your profile.

We kindly ask the participants to accept or cancel their meetings in order to receive their final actual schedule. Each participant will receive electronically a list of scheduled meetings which is also easily accessed from their personal profile.







1 February 2018 – 28 May 2018 Registration and submission of a cooperation profile
2 April 2018 – 30 May 2018 Online selection of face-to-face meetings
31 May 2018 Bilateral meetings (10:00 – 13:00)


Working language of the international b2b meetings is English



Daniela Ilcheva
Enterprise Europe Network
Yambol Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tel: +359 46/ 662939







Book your accommodation during the Burgas Maritime Festival and the European Maritime Day (30 May-02 June 2018)

You can choose and book online among the many great hotels in Burgas. Accommodation is in great demand in the area at the end of May and beginning of June, so book your hotel or apartment as soon as possible. For your convenience Burgas team has pre-booked rooms in a selection of hotels. For these hotels please use the code 'EMD2018'.

By plane

Burgas has an international airport. Burgas airport has a direct 20-minute bus link to the city (main Burgas bus station).

Participants can also fly to Varna and Sofia. We will organise shuttles from and to Varna and Sofia airports (more information will be available in April). Varna-Burgas is a 2-hour drive and Sofia-Burgas a 4-hour drive.

We have prepared an indicative timetable of flights to Burgas, Varna and Sofia before and after the conference. This list will be updated with possible new flights after 20 March and after 1 April.

By train

The Burgas Train Station is located in the city centre, immediately next to the main Bus Station and the Maritime Station.

There are trains to Burgas from all large and most of the smaller cities in Bulgaria. There are trains from and to Sofia throughout the day and night.

By bus

There are daily bus lines from and to Burgas, linking it with other large cities in the country – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Stara Zagora, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, etc

By car

There are good road connections between Burgas and all other Bulgarian coastal cities. European Route No. 8, which is the shortest land link between the Adriatic and Black Sea Coasts, passes through Burgas.

Whichever way you choose to travel to Burgas – by plane, train, bus, car or sea, you can’t go wrong. One thing is sure – Burgas is closer than you can imagine and the trip here is definitely worthwhile.



Map Black Sea, Burgas, Bulgaria


BURGAS FREE UNIVERSITY - The matchmaking event will be in the building of Burgas Free University from 10:00 to 13: 00 on 31 May, 2018, where the main events of EMD 2018 will take place (8001, Burgas, 62 San Stefano Street)



Important: The rooms are reserved until April 16, 2018. For reservation of rooms, please use the contacts below.


The city offers a great number of rooms in small family hotels and apartments, which you can book online via the Official Tourist Portal of Burgas –


The city of Burgas and the resort villages in the area offer all the amenities to make your stay with us unforgettable. Every participant in the European Maritime Day can book a room in one of the hotels listed below using code EMD2018.





Contact for reservations

Deadline for reservations

Reservation Code






Hotel “Luxor”


EMD 2018

Hotel “AQUA Burgas”


Hotel “BULGARIA Burgas”


Hotel “Burgas”


Hotel “Bulair”


Hotel “Atlantis Resort and Spa”


Grand Hotel “Pomorie”


Grand Hotel “Primoretz”





Burgas is the most dynamic and rapidly developing city of Bulgaria. It is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria with population of 220 000 people. The city lies on the Southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. Surrounded by three lakes and the sea it provides mild climate in the winter and moderate summer temperatures. Over 43% of the territory of the city is part of NATURA 2000 ecologic network.

Burgas serves as an important commercial and transport hub, with an international airport that handles more than 2.8 million passengers per year and one of the biggest ports on the Black Sea Coast.

Well-developed transport infrastructure connects the city with mainland by highways and railways.



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.





* 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 "Black Sea Big Bang"

* 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 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. EMD was officially created on 20 May 2008 and since then is celebrated annually across Europe on 20 May.

The main event of 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:










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