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.

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.





* 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" B2B Matchmaking

* 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"




HANDOVER CEREMONY - Alberto Laplaine Guimarães is presented with a gift of maritime art from the children of Burgas and Ruska Boyadzhieva. Alberto is the Secretary General of Lisbon City Council and Ruska the Deputy Mayor of Burgas, Bulgaria. Bulgaria reinforced their commitment to blue growth in a ministerial statement to conclude this superb event for which the City of Burgas should be rightly proud. Copyright © photograph June 1 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.



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:





31st MAY  -  01st JUNE


Schedule for Thursday, 31st of May 2018



08:30 - Registration & Welcome Coffee



09:00 - Parallel Stakeholders' Workshops


09:00 to 10:30


Supporting Internationally Accepted MSP Guidance

Venue: Room "Burgas"

  • The Collection of Ship Generated Waste and Cargo Residues: an EU Approach

    Venue: Room "Varna"


    Venue: Room "Pomorie"


    Venue: Room "Nessebar"


    Venue: Room "Sozopol"


    Venue: Room "Kiten"

    10:30 to 11:15


    Networking coffee - Exhibition, Pitch Stage 'Research/Blue Growth' and Networking Village

    Venue: Atrium



    11:15 - Parallel stakeholders' workshops II



    11:15 to 12:45


    Venue: Room "Burgas"

    Venue: Room "Varna"

    Venue: Room "Pomorie"

    Venue: Room "Nessebar"

    Venue: Room "Sozopol"

    Venue: Room "Kiten"





    12:45 to 13:45 - Lunch buffet



    13:45 to 14:45


    Welcome and Political Opening - Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea

    14:45 to 16:15


    Big Bang Black Sea? achievements and challenges for investing in sustainable blue growth and regional cooperation in the Black Sea region

    16:15 to 17:00


    Networking coffee - Exhibition, Pitch Stage ' Ecosystems/Environment' and Networking Village

    Venue: Atrium



    17:00 - Parallel stakeholders' workshops III


    17:00 to 18:30


    Ports and Clusters as Drivers for Economic Growth in European Territories

    Venue: Room "Burgas"

    Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, a Key for Blue Economy and Renewable Energy

    Venue: Room "Varna"

    Marine Litter Solutions: from Policies to Action

    Venue: Room "Pomorie"

    Ocean Literacy to support Blue Growth: The Way Forward

    Venue: Room "Nessebar"

    MSP in the Med: A Vision from Southern Europe

    Venue: Room "Sozopol"

    Maritime Technology Skilling Strategy. Join MATES!

    Venue: Room "Kiten"



    19:00 to 21:30 - Networking cocktail


    Venue: Restaurant “Daliana”, 8000 Burgas, Magazia 1, Sea Station Burgas





    01ST JUNE 2018 - Schedule for Friday, 1st of June 2018






    09:00 to 10:30




    Venue: Atrium

    11:15 to 12:15


    European Funds post 2020 – What's new?

    12:15 to 12:45


    Closing and handover to Lisbon 2019




    Lunch and end of the conference












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