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European Maritime Day 2024 will take place in Svendborg, Denmark on 30 and 31 May 2024.

The EMD 2024 is being organised by the European Commission, the City of Svendborg and the Danish Maritime Authority.

This edition will feature plenary sessions, workshops, pitch sessions, a large exhibition and a lot of networking possibilities. There will be an ad hoc event, Blue Forum, taking place in a nearby location. Local events organised by the City of Svendborg will be held as well around the town.

The registrations to the EMD will be launched around mid-March. For further information on the EMD, please consult the EMD website: https://maritime-day.ec.europa.eu/index_en. We also invite you to sign up to the EMD newsletter through this community, or check out the information on the last tab of the EMD website.

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the occasion to pay tribute to "maritime Europe" and put all maritime sectors and activities in the spotlight to help European citizens realise the real outreach and variety of sea-related activities going on in Europe and provoke reflection on the crucial role the seas play in our everyday life.

The EMD is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.

It is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an engaging and completely interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and to discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of inspirational speakers, thematic sessions, stakeholder workshops and pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and the European Commission. The EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia as well as EU citizens interested in the sea.

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EMD editions after 2024:

  1. 2029: Cherbourg
  2. 2028: Heraklion
  3. 2027: Santander
  4. 2026: Limassol
  5. 2025: Cork

Previous European Maritime Day editions:

European Maritime Days 2023, Brest, France

The EMD 2023 took place in Brest, France, on 24-25 May. It was organised by the European Commission, the City of Brest, the Region of Brittany, the department of Finistère and the General Secretariat for the Sea. The conference featured high levels sessions, workshops, pitch stages and an exhibition with 87 stands. There were in total 1 767 participants.

2023 EMD programme

2023 EMD In My Country events

 

European Maritime Day 2022, Ravenna, Italy

The EMD 2022 edition took place in Ravenna, Italy, on 19-20 May as a hybrid event for 750 physical participants. All the sessions were organised in a physical format and they (plenaries, workshops, pitch stage sessions) were accessible for remote participants via webstreaming/ZOOM. The EMD was co-organised by the European Commission, the City of Ravenna, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility and the Region of Emilia-Romagna.

2022 EMD programme

2022 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days 2021, Den Helder, The Netherlands

The EMD took place virtually from Den Helder, The Netherlands on 20 and 21 May 2021. The plenary sessions and the pitch stages were broadcasted from the Den Helder “EMD studio”, where moderators and key speakers connected remotely with other speakers. Registered participants attended these sessions via webstreaming. The stakeholders’ workshops were interactive and ran virtually via video conferencing.

2021 EMD programme

2021 EMD workshops

2021 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days 2020, Cork, Ireland

Cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis

European Maritime Days - Lisbon 2019

The EMD 2019 took place on 16 & 17 May in Lisbon, Portugal.

2019 EMD programme

2019 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Poole 2017

At the heart of the EMD was a 2-day conference "The Future of our Seas" in Poole, UK, on 18 and 19 May.

2017 EMD programme

2017 EMD conference report

2017 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Turku 2016

The EMD 2016 conference, held in Turku, Finland on 20-22 May attracted 1200 participants from the European maritime community.

They focussed their discussions on "Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions", identifying and highlighting the practical steps needed to drive blue growth investments, as well as innovation and change in the blue economy.

2016 EMD programme

2016 EMD conference report

2016 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Piraeus 2015

The EMD 2015 conference, held in Piraeus, Greece on May 28 & 29, attracted a record number of participants (1300) from the European maritime community.

On May 30 & 31, the city of Piraeus hosted a series of public happenings at various locations of the city, celebrating its rich maritime history and culture. See more: www.emdpiraeus.gr

2015 EMD programme

2015 EMD In My Country events

 

European Maritime Days - Bremen 2014

The EMD 2014 was held on 19 & 20 May in Bremen, Germany and saw industry experts and policy makers from across Europe come together to discuss how innovation and research in the maritime economy can drive a European growth and jobs recovery whilst securing a sustainable future for Europe's seas.

2014 EMD programme

2014 EMD networking in Bremen

2014 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Valletta 2013

The 6th edition of the EMD was held successfully in Valletta, Malta, on May 21 & 22. It attracted the attention of the European and the Mediterranean Maritime community with 847 participants who attended the 27 sessions of the Conference.

2013 EMD programme

2013 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Gothenburg 2012

The EMD 2012 was celebrated in Gothenburg, Sweden. Representatives of the maritime sector from all over Europe participated in the European Maritime Day Conference on 21th and 22nd May.

2012 EMD programme

2012 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Gdansk 2011

The EMD 2011 was celebrated in Gdansk, Poland. Over 900 representatives of the maritime sector from all over Europe participated in the European Maritime Day Conference on 19th and 20th May.

2011 EMD programme

2011 EMD In My Country events

European Maritime Days - Gijón 2010

The third edition of the EMD was held in Gijón, Spain 18-21 May 2010. It was co-organised by the European Commission, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union and the Government of the Principality of Asturias.

2010 EMD programme

European Maritime Days - Rome 2009

The EMD brought together more than 1 200 decision makers and stakeholders from throughout Europe and neighbouring regions in Rome, Italy on 18, 19 and 20 May.

2009 EMD proceedings

European Maritime Days - Brussels 2008

In 2008, the European Maritime Day was celebrated for the first time. The event included a stakeholder conference in Brussels 19-20 May, which focused on the regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy, and dialogue with stakeholders. The European Maritime Day was officially launched on 20 May 2008 in Strasbourg 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 a ‘European Maritime Day’.