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European Maritime Heritage (EMH) is a non-governmental organization for private owners of traditional ships, as well as for maritime museums and other interested bodies.

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Pasaia, the old whale port in the Basque Country, host the triennial EMH Congress in September 2016

The triennial EMH Congress will be organised in Pasaia in the framework of San Sebastians Cultural Capital of Europe 2016.

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International Conference Maritime Traditions in European waters - best practice of building and operating replicas -

On occasion of the 20th jubilee of Baltic Sail the Baltic Sail Committee in cooperation with the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk cordially invite you to participate in the International Conference Maritime Traditions in European waters - best practice of building and operating replicas - organized in consultation with European Maritime Heritage to take place in the City of Gdansk from 29th June to 1st July 2016

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ECOMUSEUM BATANA Candidate for UNESCO’s Register of Best safeguarding Practices

In 2015 the Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Croatia initiated the inscription of the Ecomuseum Batana as a community project safeguarding the local intangible maritime heritage to the UNESCO Register of Best safeguarding practices. The decision of the inscription is expected during 2016.

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Resolutions about the Dutch Heritage Act

The Dutch government seeks to harmonise existing laws and regulations about heritage. Until recently, there was no overview of the current legislation, because regulations about heritage are embodied in different laws and procedures. To end this fragmentation the Ministry of Culture designed a new integral Heritage Act for the safeguarding and maintenance of heritage of all sorts, such as monuments, archaeological heritage and museum collections.

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EMH E-News


29-1/5 April
World Pilot Gig Championship
Isle of Scilly , United Kingdom

29-1/5 April
Friese sleepbootdagen
Woudsend , Netherlands

30-1/5 April
Kenterschoot Race
Marken , Netherlands

30 April
Matten Schippersrace
Blokzijl , Netherlands

30-1/5 April
Cornelis Race
Lelystad , Netherlands

7 May
Zuidwal Botter Regatta
Spakenburg , Netherlands

27-29 May
Dordt in Stoom
Dordrecht , Netherlands

3-5 June
Beale Park Thames Boat Show (Fair)
Pangbourne-on-Thames , United Kingdom

30-3/7 June
Sail Gdansk (Baltic Sail)
Gdansk , Poland

7-10 July
The Tall Ships' Races - 2016
Antwerp , Belgium

13-19 July
Brest 2016
Brest , France

15-16 July
Visserijdagen Stavoren
Stavoren , Netherlands

22-25 July
The Tall Ships' Races - 2016
Lisbon , Portugal

28-31 July
The Tall Ships' Races - 2016
Cádiz , Spain

29-31 July
Sea Festival Klaipeda (Baltic Sail)
Klaipeda , Lithuania

2-7 August
Sail Karlskrona (Baltic Sail)
Karlskrona , Sweden

4-6 August
Risør Trebåtfestival
Risör , Norway

6-10 August
Baltic Sail Halmstad (Baltic Sail)
Nysted , Sweden

11-14 August
Hanse Sail Rostock (Baltic Sail)
Rostock , Germany

19-21 August
Baltic Sail Riga (Baltic Sail)
Riga , Latvia

26-29 August
The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Blyth , United Kingdom

3-6 September
The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Gothenborg , Sweden

3 September
Visserijdag Spakenburg
Spakenburg , Netherlands

8-11 September
SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Constanta , Romania

16-19 September
SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Novorossiysk , Russia

21-25 September
SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Sochi , Russia

27 September
Darp Competitie (Laatste)
Spakenburg , Netherlands

1-4 October
SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Varna , Bulgaria

Rotterdam Declaration
April 2007

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Barcelona Charter
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London, 2005
Momorandum of Understanding (MoU)
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Parliamentary Assembly
Council of Europe Recommendation 1486 (2000)
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Faro convention (2005)
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