European Maritime Days

European Maritime Day (EMD) 2019, Lisbon Portugal, 16 & 17 May,  is approaching and the full programme is now available on line.

EMD 2019 conference

EMD this year will focus on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment. The conference includes an inspirational opening session, 8 breakout sessions organised by the European Commission and focusing on a number of strategic EU policy initiatives to support Europe’s Sustainable Blue Economy, and 28 high-quality Thematic Workshops designed and organized by maritime stakeholders.

EMD EXPO: "Market for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy"

European Maritime Day is much more than a two-day conference. The event will also host an exciting array of 100 exhibitors from around Europe who will showcase the blue economy’s innovation and investment potential. R&D centres, universities, incubators, spin-offs, start-ups, companies, associations and NGOs will be there to showcase their innovative ideas, products and services related to the conference themes. See the list of the exhibitors.

Pitch stage

The exhibition will be complemented by a pitch stage with 3 sessions (session 1, session 2, session 3) and 21 pitchers from across the EU who will present advanced innovative projects on blue economy.

B2B meetings

A dedicated area for B2B networking will offer the opportunity for matchmaking to all the participants interested in B2B  meetings, making the marketplace an ideal opportunity for blue economy professionals to connect. Once registered to the EMD conference you will be able to book B2B meeting slots, post your profile and/or register to workshops or breakout sessions.

Side events

Furthermore, during EMD 2019 a number of attractive side events will take place in Lisbon. Read more:


Registration is necessary for all the participants at EMD. So, register now on line to participate at EMD 2019! The registration will close on May 10, 17.00 Brussels time.

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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. 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 promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 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.