A celebration of the long standing maritime tradition

Sunday, 19 May 2013, 22:45



This year’s European Maritime Day public events was officially open  with a presentation ceremony on Sunday, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta.

Following a musical introduction by the Armed Forces of Malta, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth Edward Zammit Lewis addressed representatives of local councils, and primary and secondary schools which took part in various events and competitions related to European Maritime Day.

“European Maritime Day aims to highlight the importance of our seas across all Europe and neighbouring countries. The European Maritime Day will bring together all European member states and neighbouring countries with the aim of discussing and promoting different ideas which are of mutual benefit from a maritime perspective,” he said.

 “Malta is evaluating the possibility of preparing a National Integrated Maritime Policy through a National Integration Maritime Strategy, with a particular emphasis of increasing the potential for maritime quality jobs and economic growth. The hosting of the European Maritime Day in Malta is no better time to facilitate high level discussions regarding the local development of a National Integration Maritime Strategy,” he added.

Listing the national priorities to provide the required structure to support a Blue Economy, Dr Zammit Lewis pointed to the need for a sound legal framework to support the governance structure; a clear, integrated holistic national policy direction covering both the short and long term perspectives; and infrastructure investment and good infrastructure management, both through Government investment and the participation of the private sector.

Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government Jose Herrera, and Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport Stefan Buontempo were then invited on stage to distribute tokens and prizes.

Dr Herrera distributed the tokens to the Local Council representatives and Dr Buontempo distributed prizes to the winners among the 26 primary and five secondary schools that took part in painting, collage and essay writing competitions.

While the AFM Band continued with their musical programme, the three parliamentary secretaries were invited to visit the exhibition of paintings, collages and essays at the Auberge d’Italie in Merchants Street, Valletta.

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Comments (1)

J Borg

- Mon 20-May-2013, 12:06

How come I received the European Maritime Day Public Events program today 20th May at around noon! 3/4's of the Events already over and not enough time to plan to go for the rest!!

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