20 May: A European Maritime Day to celebrate our seas and oceans

20 May: A European Maritime Day to celebrate our seas and oceans

The European Union celebrates European Maritime Day 2012 across events in Member States, on May 20, 2012. The main event will be the European Maritime Day Conference which this year will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 21-22 May, 2012, with almost 1,000 participants. Each year stakeholders from a large range of maritime sectors come to this event to discuss the opportunities and challenges currently facing maritime regions and sectors across Europe: from tourism and fisheries to maritime transport and climate change.

The theme for this year’s conference is: “Sustainable Growth from Oceans, Seas and Coasts: Blue Growth”.

“Blue growth” is the economic pillar of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy which is fully integrated into the Europe 2020 strategy. Its main target is the creation of growth and new jobs in the maritime economy. This target could be achieved through further sustainable development of maritime sectors of the European economy. Europe is the most developed maritime economy in comparison with all other continents.

Thus, EU can harvest an important share of the potential of oceans, seas and coasts to the benefit of citizens and society as a whole. For all details on the conference and the complete programme, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeday