European Maritime Day, Friday

19 May 2017

Lighthouse, Poole

Programe - Friday


Parallel workshops, themes 1-4


Coffee break


Welcome and opening

Karen Coleman



Plenary session: Strategic support for Blue Growth at sea-basin/macro-regional level

Speakers and respondants

Philipp Schwartz

INTERACT Knowledge of the Seas Network

Ditte Folke Kikkert Henriksen 

Danish Maritime Authority, EUSBR Policy Coordinator Ship

Sofia Loukmidou 

Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece, EUSAIR Blue Growth coordinator

Graham Cope

Senior Head of Region - Northern & Western Europe, Regional Business Development, European Investment Bank

Sea basin/macro-regional strategies provide a framework for integrated approaches to maritime issues and promote common solutions and actions. Implementation is supported through a variety of programmes, action plans and projects. This session will highlight best practice projects and will discuss whether and in what way these and other projects contribute to strategic project pipelines for blue/green growth. It will also discuss the evolving nature of project funding and risk sharing for blue growth projects to bring innovative ideas closer to market.


Plenary session: Blue Growth in action: Launch of EMFF projects on skills, creative solutions and technology

This session will present a number of projects selected under the 2016 BLUE GROWTH CALLS funded by the EMFF. The launch of these projects represents a concrete step to implement the 'Communication from the Commission: Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth'. The projects focus on three key areas for the blue economy: skills (BLUE CAREERS), creativity (BLUE LABS) and technology (BLUE TECH). Co-organiser of this session is EASME, the Executive Agency for SMEs.


Lunch break


Workshop summary and reflections session: What have we learned?

This session will enable feedback from stakeholder workshops and will attempt to harvest common messages and policy recommendations.


Closing panel and handover


Director General, European Commission -DG MARE

Gesine Meissner 

Member of European Parliament, Chair of SEARICA Intergroup

Councillor Lindsay Wilson 

Mayor of Poole

Dimitar Nikolov 

Mayor of Burgas

Friday, 19 May 2017 to Friday, 19 May 2017
Time : 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Location: Lighthouse