European Union Observes First Ever Maritime Day

Tim Konrad
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May 21, 2008

Yesterday the European Union observed it’s first ever Maritime Day. Member States and Regional Governments were encouraged to celebrate the event in whatever way they sought best. Events ranged from harbor celebrations to free admission into many of Europe’s aquariums.

The European Commission of Maritime Affairs brings us more on this story.
The European Union has decided to celebrate the achievements and potential of Europe’s ocean and seas by declaring 20 May as a dedicated “European Maritime Day”. The official launch ceremony will be held in Strasbourg, where Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Janez JanÅ¡a and the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering will sign a Joint Tripartite Declaration. European Maritime Day will provide an occasion to highlight the crucial role that oceans and seas play in the everyday life not only of coastal communities, but of all EU citizens, and for Europe’s sustainable growth and jobs at large. Based on a proposal from the Commission, this dedicated Maritime Day will also encourage better stewardship of coastal zones, seas and oceans by all citizens and actors concerned.

Graphs provided by the European Commission of Maritime Affairs:

Maritime facts and figures


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