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European Maritime Day, 19-20 May 2011, Gdansk — Poland

Time and venue: 19-20 May 2011, Gdansk — Poland

European Maritime Day will be celebrated with a major Conference in Gdańsk, "Maritime Policy: Putting People First" on 19th May, organised in partnership with the Polish Government, the Pomerania Region and the City of Gdańsk and the European Commission. The Conference, which will take place in the beautiful premises of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall, along the river Motława, will focus on the "human element" of the integrated maritime policy in order to show how the sustainable development of sea-related activities connects to and benefits people, especially as regards jobs and growth.

Organised by DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, and the City of Gdańsk

The Maritime Day Conference will be an occasion to reflect, at high level, on crosssectoral themes and policies affecting the seas and coasts. We will be looking at how Sea Basin strategies have developed so far, focusing in particular on the Baltic. The ecosystem approach and how its practical application will influence human activities is another key theme, alongside a discussion of how maritime regions are drivers of growth and jobs. Additionally, the challenge of reconciling economically sustainable transport and port infrastructure in the context of climate change is also considered.

Maritime stakeholders will hold their own events to celebrate European maritime identity and sea-related activities, both across Europe and alongside the official celebrations in Gdańsk. EU4Seas will host a panel on the 20th May to:

  • Present preliminary results of the EU Maritime and Environmental Policies in the Baltic.
  • Evaluate the multilateral EU Maritime and Environmental policy toward the four sea basins (Baltic, Black, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas).
  • Propose policy recommendations to the European Commission on Maritime and Environmental policies in the four seas.

More information: http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/about/background_en.htm