What is European Maritime day?
The European Maritime Day has been celebrated around May 20 since 2008 by the decision of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
The foremost event at the EMD is the main conference, which is organized annually in one European maritime city.
The organizers of the 2016 European Maritime Day are the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG Mare, the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office and the host city Turku.
Up to a thousand maritime professionals and decision-makers are expected to Turku from around Europe. In addition to the conference, the EMD 2016 event will include an open day to the public which will be organized 20–22 May 2016. There will be maritime activities for people of all ages in the programme.
The objective of the Maritime Day is to emphasize the great importance of the marine environment and the maritime economic activity internationally. The 2016 host city Turku is the home of Finland´s maritime cluster, where the biggest, most luxurious and environmentally advanced cruise ships sailing the oceans are designed and built.
Information meeting in Brussels
The European Maritime Day 2016 interest group and information meeting was held at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels on Wednesday, November 18. The event has sparked great interest, and over a hundred participants registered by the deadline.
Speakers at the conference included the Mayor of Turku Aleksi Randell, Region Mayor of the Regional Council of Southwest Finland Kari Häkämies, Ambassador, Permanent representative of Finland to the EU Pilvi-Sisko Vierros-Villeneuve, Counsellor, Permanent representative of Finland to the EU Päivi Wood, as well as Claus Schultze and Haitze Siemers from the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).