The European Commission has proposed that a European Maritime Day should be celebrated annually starting next year

The European Commission has proposed that a European Maritime Day should be celebrated annually starting next year. Ports, cities, and maritime organisations from the public, commercial and leisure sectors will be encouraged to join the first celebration, planned for 20 May 2008.

It’s primary aim, says the Commission, will be to celebrate Europe’s maritime heritage and future, highlight its maritime activities, and help to raise awareness of the role of the marine environment and of Europe’s coasts and islands. If the idea takes off, the Commission hopes that the day will in future years launch a maritime week of festivities and maritime-related events throughout the EU.