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Piraeus to be EU Maritime capital

Date: 11/09/2013

Piraeus is to be named Europe’s maritime capital for 2015, European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki revealed this week.

On July 1, the Council of European Union announced the cities that will host European Maritime Day (EMD) every year until 2019. 

In 2015, EMD will be hosted in Greece, in the city of Piraeus, transferring in that way “two and a half thousand years of maritime history in the heart of the Eastern Mediterranean,” as announced by the EU Commission.

Damanaki met with PASOK leader and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos in Athens and informed him of the news.

With the opportunity of the decision’s announcement, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, stated: “This is an important date for EU Maritime policy. The selection of hosting cities mirrors the diversity of Europe’s maritime environment.”

She continued: “I thank Member States for their support and trust, and hope that European Maritime Days will continue to be a symbol of the successful development of the Integrated Maritime Policy for many years to come.”

Venizelos said that Greece plans to make maritime affairs one of the key issues of its six-month EU presidency, which begins in January.

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