We are entering an exciting new decade, a blue decade that recognises the fundamental role of our seas and oceans and works towards balancing ocean economy and ocean health. Whether it concerns the EU’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and achieve a new ‘Green Deal’ or to deliver a sustainable economy that works for people, EU maritime policy and Europe’s dynamic and innovative blue economy have a key role to play.
Since 2008 the European Maritime Day (EMD) is hosted each year by a different port city providing a unique flavour to its proceedings.
The 2020 edition of the EMD Conference and Expo will take place on 14 and 15 May 2020 in Cork City Hall.
The draft programme is available for consultation here.
Apart from the main conference, the EMD also includes a public outreach element, whether it is through locally organised public days activities or the ‘EMD in my Country’ events. Raising ocean awareness among the general public and in particular young people is going to be a strong focus of this year’s EMD. In Cork in 2020, it will be held back-to-back with ‘SeaFest’ , Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration.
Moreover, like in the previous years, the Commission is planning to select 20 high-quality stakeholders’ workshops (four slots with 5 workshops running in parallel). Those interested to organize such a workshop are welcomed to apply here by the 3rd of December.
The workshops to be selcted should meet the following criteria:
- contribute to one of the themes listed below;
- organisers set out clear and relevant objectives for their workshop, and invite high-quality speakers from the public and private sectors;
- demonstrate a clear European dimension (relevance for EU maritime affairs and its blue economy);
- provide an interactive format that engages the audience into discussion and will aim to deliver actionable conclusions.
Find out more information at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/en/conference.