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ESPO Monthly Overview – March 2016

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Port of Milford Haven

31 March 2016


Port of the Month: Milford (UK)

This month we are taking you to the port of Milford Haven, situated at the west coast of the United Kingdom. The port of Milford Haven is the UK’s largest energy port and biggest port in Wales with world-class, deep-water port facilities and support services. It provides a whole range of services including cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls. Through some targeted questions, we would like to offer you more insight in the functioning of this interesting port!
31 March 2016 | Read more

American Top-Economist and Influential Thinker Jeremy Rifkin to address ESPO Conference in Dublin

On 3 June, American top-economist and influential thinker Jeremy Rifkin will give a key note address at ESPO’s annual conference in Dublin. Besides being the author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism and the best-selling author of nineteen other books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment, Rifkin is advisor to the European Union and to heads of state around the world and is the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington.
18 March 2016 | Read more

ESPO reveals new Top 10 Environmental Priorities of Ports

On 23 March, ESPO released the results of its recent environmental review 2016 during the PORTOPIA conference in Lisbon. The aim of the review is to update the top 10 environmental priorities of European ports and to produce further benchmark figures in key areas of port environmental management.
25 March 2016 | Read more

TEN-T Days 2016: registrations are now open (Rotterdam, 20-22 June)

The Commission has opened today the online registrations for the TEN-T Days that will take place in Rotterdam from 20 to 22 June. Registrations are open until 10 June.
21 March 2016 | Read more

ESPO Conference 2016 – 2 and 3 June in Dublin: let’s go through the programme!

For its 2016 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to the Irish capital, the city of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Dublin. The 2016 ESPO Conference will look into ways to improve the efficiency of maritime transport and ports, this from different angles.
14 March 2016 | Read more

Port Regulation: Parliament vote brings ports one step closer to autonomy

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the Port Regulation and the Fleckenstein Report. The European Parliament confirmed the outcome of the Transport committee. 451 MEPs voted in favour of the deal reached by the rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs. 234 MEPs voted against, while 18 MEPs abstained. An even larger majority voted in favour of giving the rapporteur the mandate to start negotiations with the council in view of reaching a first reading agreement.
09 March 2016 | Read more

Port Regulation: ESPO believes Fleckenstein-report is a good basis for starting negotiations with the council

Today and tomorrow, the European Parliament, gathering in Strasbourg for the March plenary session, will debate and vote on the report of Mr Knut Fleckenstein (A8-0023/2016) regarding the Proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports.
07 March 2016 | Read more

How is your port working with nature? Submit your project for the ESPO award 2016!

The theme for the 8th ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports is “Nature in Ports”. In general, European ports are part of very valuable ecosystems, both on the land and waterside. Many port areas are also neighbouring Natura 2000 areas or even consist of Natura 2000 areas. Port authorities in Europe invest a lot of time and efforts in maintaining and improving the quality of the nature in the port.
04 March 2016 | Read more


Executive Committee · 19 April 2016, Amsterdam

Technical Committees:

  • Economic Analysis and Statistics Committee – 6-7 April, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire
  • Port Governance – 18 April, Amsterdam
  • Sustainable Development Committee – 21 April, Brussels
  • Intermodal, Logistics and Industry Committee – 25-26 April, Drammen (Norway)
  • General Assembly – 1 June, Dublin (Ireland)

Council of the European Union
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

  • 26 May 2016, Brussels

Environment Council

  • 20 June 2016, Luxembourg

European Parliament
Plenary Session

  • 11 April, Strasbourg

Transport Committee

  • 7 April 2016, Brussels
  • 25 – 26 April 2016, Brussels

Environment Committee

  • 18 – 19 April 2016, Brussels

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