European Maritime Day to be celebrated in Piraeus – China will be present



The European Maritime Day is celebrated annually in Europe on 20 May. This annual platform welcomes Europe’s growing maritime community joining policy makers to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, are at the heart of the discussions. This year the European Maritime Day will be celebrated in Piraeus and China will be the only non-European country to participate. In particular, on 28 and 29 May 2015, it will be devoted to the role of territories; ports and coastal cities on the one hand, and more broadly coastal areas on the other hand. Europe needs to be at the forefront of the Blue economy revolution as it wants future generations to enjoy the fruits of the sea as much as ourselves. In Piraeus, politicians, experts and CEOs will discuss this challenge and submit their ideas to European policy-makers.

The European Maritime Day Conference will host high-level sessions and stakeholder workshops attracting delegates and experts from across Europe and beyond. Speakers, including Ministers, Commissioners, CEOs and experts, will discuss the spectrum of opportunities and great challenges that our coasts and seas present, share best practices, and develop new synergies. On 28 May, the high-level plenary session will introduce the main political challenges of coastal cities and ports. The different aspects of this theme will be declined over the two days in three thematic sessions and about 20 workshops.

Additionally, on 30 and 31 May 2015, the city of Piraeus will host a series of public happenings at various locations of the city, celebrating its rich maritime history and culture. Local maritime stakeholders will put their knowledge on display on the spectacular Piraeus coast.