The 6th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference was held successfully in Valletta, Malta, on May 21 & 22, 2013. It has attracted the attention of the European and the Mediterranean Maritime community with 847 participants who attended the 27 sessions of the Conference. It was organised by the DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission in partnership with the Maltese Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, and the Maltese Ministry for Tourism.
The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, were the focus of the event. There were high-level political debates as well as more practical exchanges between maritime stakeholders. Thoughts, ideas and new concepts have been devised during the Conference.
The main theme of the European Maritime Day 2013 Conference was coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism in the wider context of Blue Growth. It was an occasion to reflect, at high level, on how to make Blue Growth happen through sustainable tourism, connectivity and coastal management. A special focus was made on the Mediterranean Region.
In parallel to the political discussions there were also public events happening throughout the islands of Malta and Gozo with a range of educational and entertaining activities including guided tours of a research vessel, swimming and sea angling competitions, sailing and traditional boat rides and much more.
Further information can be found on the official website: http://www.emd2013.gov.mt/