The European Maritime Day 2015 : "Ports and Coasts, gateways to maritime growth" / Piraeus, Greece, 28-29 MAY 2015

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is celebrated annually in Europe on 20 May to raise the visibility of maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs. It 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.

The main event is the European Maritime Day Conference, held in a different region each year. This platform welcomes Europe's growing maritime community, with industry professionals from across the EU joining policymakers to discuss, debate and exchange best practises. Participants come from ports, shipping industries, clusters, environmental associations, trade unions, scientific and research institutions, education, and local, regional, national and European authorities, amongst others.

This years' European Maritime Day Conference will be held in the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus (Greece) on 28 and 29 May 2015. The Conference will focus on ports and coasts as engines for Blue Growth.

High-level sessions and stakeholder workshops, as well as exhibitions, public happenings and networking events will be organised.

The event is structured around two main themes focusing on the "Ports and coasts, engines for Blue Growth" and on the "Blue economy" introduced through two plenary sessions that will take place at the first day of the Conference.

The first plenary session will set the scene for the Conference, introducing the main challenges of this year's theme, as an opening for the 3 thematic breakout sessions of the 2nd day. High-level panelists representing a large European port, a national and regional authority and European clusters will cover the main dimensions of the ports, coasts and Blue Growth agenda. They will present the evolving role of ports as diversified centres of innovation, jobs and growth; the importance of skills and qualifications as enabler for blue growth and port competitiveness; and the new recognition of the value of marine and coastal natural capital for the economy.

The second plenary session introduces the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum (BSF) that is being set up in order to bring about further cross-fertilisation of ideas and research results between industrial sectors, NGOs and other stakeholders with a common interest in the blue economy. The Forum will provide a venue for industry to be heard, for success stories to be aired both from the EU and elsewhere and will provide recommendations on future science and research priorities at national and EU level.

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European Shipping Week
2-6 March 2015, Brussels

European Shipping Week will take place over the course of the week of 2-6 of March 2015 and will feature a variety of events. European Shipping Week is intended to be a platform where policy-makers from the main EU institutions will meet and engage with European shipowners and other stakeholders from the shipping sector. The focus will be on shipping, in all its different aspects.

European Shipping Week is the brainchild of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and is run by a Steering Group made up of Europe's main shipping organisations as well as the European Commission and Shipping Innovation. The shipping organisations involved on the Steering Group include: ECSA; Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe; European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA); Interferry; the European Dredging Association; the World Shipping Council, as well as the European Tugowners' Association.

The ESW focuses among others on the Maritime Skills and Competences through a dedicated session where panelists will discuss the importance of shipping as a source of direct as well as indirect employment in Europe and how the industry contributes to the EU's economy. The challenges that the industry is faced with, such as life on board a ship, administrative burdens, the industry's ever-growing demographic gap and the ensuing reduced attractiveness of the seafaring profession are expected to be among the most debated topics of this session.

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