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European Maritime Day 2013 held successfully in Malta

Date: 11/06/2013

On 21st and 22nd May 2013, Malta was proud to host the 6th edition of the European Maritime Day was held at the historic centuries old Mediterranean Conference Centre, which is located adjacent to Fort St Elmo and overlooking the Grand Harbour in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. About 850 participants from the European and Mediterranean Maritime community attended the conference.

The European Commission (DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), together with the Maltese Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, and the Maltese Ministry for Tourism, organized the European Maritime Day 2013.

This year’s theme was the sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the wider context of blue growth. The seas and oceans, and the opportunities they offer, were at the heart of the discussions. 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.

“This year’s conference throws the spotlight on a vital sector of the Maltese economy, enabling delegates from across the European Union to debate the challenges we are all facing,” Malta’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Karmenu Vella said during the opening of the conference, adding: “I am confident that specific issues that affect all of us, including the sustainable development of our coastal regions, cruise tourism and ensuring accessibility through the right connections across the EU will be among the topics discussed.”

Economy, Investment and Small Business Minister Chris Cardona dwelt on blue growth, job creation, investment and the economy throughout the European Union. Commenting on this aspect of European Maritime Day, Dr Cardona said this showed great scope for implementation.

“A lot is being done, which we must appreciate, but there is still a lot more that can be done across the European Union to ensure the maritime ‘industry’ grows and creates jobs. By providing the necessary investment the economy is regenerated.”

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