LogoVDGThe Final Event of the Vasco da Gama project will be held on 1 March 2016 in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee (Room VM-S3), and will be attended by major stakeholders in the European maritime sector and representatives of EU institutions and regional authorities.

Eleni Marianou, CPMR Secretary General, will open the event together with Pierre-Jean Coulon, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Jochen Schulte, Member of the, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Parliament, and Christine Berg, Head of Unit at DG MOVE of the European Commission.

Contributions will be presented by actors from the maritime and academic fields, including the Kalmar Maritime Academy that hosted the Vasco Da Gama Summer School last year and the University of Bari (IT) represented by its Rector, Antonio Felice Uricchio.

The event will be divided into three different sessions focusing on “matching EU maritime training and education with maritime transport challenges”, “mobility in maritime transport education and training” as well as “Vasco da Gama spin off”.

Christos Theophilou, DG Mare, will conclude the proceedings.

The project “Vasco Da Gama – Training for Greener and Safer Maritime Transport “is co-financed by the EU and was approved by DG MOVE in December 2013.

The aim of the project is to contribute to achieving the development of high professional skills and the development of Education and Training within the EU and in particular, and improve the skills of persons employed in the European shipping sector with a view to addressing specific challenges such as maritime safety and reduction of environmental impacts.