From June 29th to July 10th 2019, the city of Nantes will be home of a “universal exhibition of the sea”, La mer XXL.

The Ouest-France group (one of the leading press groups in Europe) and Exponantes, organisers of exhibitions and trade shows (more than 600,000 visitors per year) have joined forces to develop a unique exhibition project focusing on the maritime world.

Like the exhibition of the XXst century, the idea is to enthrall, surprise and delight,communicate and encourage adventure and escape.This extraordinary event will take place at the Parc des Expositions in Nantes over 12 days, with 66,000 sqm of exhibition (with 38,000 sqm covered) and 100,000 visitors expected.

The objective of “La mer XXL” is to build a lively, spectacular and instructive exhibition, combining industry, art, technology, magnitude, immersion… following in the footsteps of a 21st century Captain Nemo.

You are a private company, an association, a research institute, a teacher, a public body and you have an idea for an exhibition related to maritime themes, you can contact La Mer XXL Team


0033 2 40 52 49 55


Nantes accueillera du samedi 29 juin au mercredi 10 juillet 2019 une véritable “exposition universelle” de la mer, La mer XXL.

Le groupe Ouest-France (un des principaux groupes de presse européens) et Exponantes, organisateur d’expositions et de salons (plus de 600 000 visiteurs par an) se sont unis afin de développer un projet unique d’exposition autour de l’univers maritime. 

Comme pour les expositions universelles du début du XXe siècle, il s’agit d’émerveiller, étonner, surprendre, faire rêver, faire connaître, pousser à l’aventure et à l’évasion. Cet événement hors du commun prendra place au Parc des Expositions de Nantes durant 12 jours, sur 66 000 m² de surface d’exposition (dont 38 000 m² couverts) avec plus de 100 000 visiteurs attendus.

L’objectif de La mer XXL est de bâtir une exposition vivante, spectaculaire et instructive mêlant industrie, arts, technologie, gigantisme, immersion… sur les pas d’un Némo du XXIe siècle.

Vous êtes une entreprise, une association, un lieu culturel, un établissement de recherche, un enseignant, un autorité publique et vous avez une idée d'animation ou d'exposition en relation avec la thématique maritime? Contactez l'équipe de La Mer XXL


02 40 52 49 55

Few words from the MEPs

2018 marked some positive changes: the directive on single-use plastics is a milestone to combat marine litter and the Blue Economy continues to grow with an above average growth. The SEARICA Intergroup organised successful events throughout the year covering a wide variety of topics from green shipping, underwater noise, to the protection of biodiversity. The highlight was certainly an exhibition on plastic litter in the oceans in front of the European Parliament attracting several thousand visitors.

With the European elections coming up, 2019 will be an exciting year as well! Important decisions for the marine environment will be made. Horizon Europe, the research and innovation framework programme will succeed Horizon 2020 and we hope that sufficient financial resources will be allocated to fund marine research topics. Hence, Searica strongly supports the idea of a Mission: Healthy Ocean as part of Horizon Europe.

With the negotiations on Invest EU and the EMFF being in its final stages, we also hope that the Blue Economy will be considered in the Multiannual Financial Framework so that investment in new maritime markets, technologies and services such as ocean energy or marine biotechnology can be boosted.

Furthermore, as Special Envoy of the President of the European Parliament on Maritime Policy, Searica President Gesine Meißner could secure the funding for a high-level Ocean Conference at the European Parliament. The event is still in preparation and will take place in March or April.

For Searica the year will begin with a conference on Research and Development for the European Waterborne sector on the 24th of January. Another Conference on Banking on the Blue Economy will follow on the 30th of January.




What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.