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European Maritime Day
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Brest, France

24-25 May 2023

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.

The EMD is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an engaging and completely 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 to discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of inspirational speakers, thematic sessions, stakeholder workshops and pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and the European Commission. The EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia as well as EU citizens interested in the sea.

The 2023 edition of the European Maritime Day will take place in Brest, France, on 24-25 May as physical event. 

All the sessions will be organised in a physical format, with speakers and moderators in the venue. The opening session and the following high-level session will be available via webstreaming (in the language spoken).

The EMD 2023 is being organised by the European Commission, the City of Brest, the Region of Brittany, the department of Finistère and the General Secretariat for the Sea.

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Thematic workshops organised by maritime stakeholders are at the core of the conference. Workshop organisers design and manage their session.


The EMD exhibition space is an ideal place for stakeholders to meet, exchange experience and discuss the latest developments.


  • News blog

European Maritime Day – bienvenue à Brest!

The atmosphere in Brest is electric. The Brest Expo, lightened up in blue and white for the occasion, is immersed in a non-stop buzz of voices in the background. The European Maritime community has gathered for two days in this French coastal city, whose maritime heritage is woven into its history.

  • News announcement

European Maritime Day 2023: Come to Brest 24-25 May 2023

The European Commission invites you to save the date for the European Maritime Day 2023, which will take place on 24 & 25 May 2023 in Brest, France. The registration will open during the second half of March.