The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference and Expo is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.
EMD Conference and Expo is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of excellent speakers, multiple breakout sessions and project pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and European Commission services as well as hundreds of B2B meetings. EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.
Cancellation of European Maritime Day 2020
Dear speakers, dear workshop organisers, dear stakeholders, dear colleagues,
20 May is European Maritime Day. Every year the EU organises the EMD conference around that date. It is one of the highlights of the year, with up to 1500 stakeholders joining as we celebrate the blue economy.
This year, we had planned another great edition, together with the city of Cork, our host city for 2020. And together with you, the people and organisations who had registered in huge numbers.
Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus and social distancing rules, the organisers - European Commission, the Irish government, and Cork City Council - have taken the collective decision to cancel the event altogether.
We would like to thank all stakeholders and organisers for the work and enthusiasm they have put into this event over the last months and we regret that we are unable to take advantage of the warm welcome and hospitality prepared by our Irish partners. We also hope that there will be the possibility for the City of Cork to host the EMD at some time in the future.
As we emerge from this crisis, we need the blue economy to get back in shape as quickly as possible. The sector with its tremendous potential for smart and sustainable growth can help the economic recovery in coastal areas and beyond.
Together we will overcome this crisis and build a more sustainable, circular and resilient blue economy.
Thank you all, and hope to see you soon in better times.
The EMD Team