Burgas, Bulgaria (PortSEurope) May 2, 2018 – European Maritime Day (EMD), dedicated to gaining new insights into maritime affairs and blue growth and related EU policies and funding opportunities, will take place in the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Burgas May 31-1 June, 2018. The conference agenda includes:

  • 18 stakeholders workshops covering a wide range of topical themes: Aquaculture and the blue bio-economy, on marine litter, digitalization and big data, marine research, innovation, ports, maritime security, spatial planning, offshore energy and ocean literacy.
  • Present at the opening will be Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the Regional Development Committee at the European Parliament. Karmenu Vella together with Ivaylo Moskovski, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications will welcome a number of fellow Ministers around the Black Sea to share their vision for the development of the Blue economy in the region (Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda in the Black Sea).
  • A plenary debate “Big Bang Black Sea” with leaders from the European Union, national governments, international organisations and NGOs to discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable blue growth in the Black Sea.
  • Three DG MARE (Fisheries and Maritime Affairs) information sessions on measuring the EU Blue Economy, Turning Marine Litter into a sustainable business, and financing strategic cooperation for Blue Growth.
  • A plenary session on European funds post 2020 – what’s new? This will provide an indication on the expected future funding landscape for fisheries and blue growth as well as for maritime research and innovation.
  • A networking reception in a splendid location looking out to the harbour, an exhibition and a pitch stage during the networking breaks

Source: Ports Europe