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ESPO Monthly Overview – June 2016

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Isabelle Ryckbost

Isabelle Ryckbost

01 July 2016


ESPO congratulates Council and Parliament for reaching a deal on the Port Regulation

After 15 years of discussions, Commission, Council and Parliament have reached an agreement on a Port Regulation, a legal European framework for organising the port services and financial transparency for ports in Europe. On Monday evening, during the 4th trilogue meeting, the Dutch Presidency and the EP main negotiators reached a compromise. The port regulation can however only be considered as adopted after the formal approval by both the Parliament and the Council following their respective procedures. This formal approval process is expected to take place in autumn.
30 June 2016 | Read more

Last Call to submit your applications for the ESPO Award 2016!

If you are interested in submitting a project for the ESPO Award 2016, you should not be waiting too long as the submissions should reach the ESPO secreteriat by next Friday (1 July).
24 June 2016 | Read more

Five Dutch Wadden Sea ports achieve PERS certification

ESPO is delighted to congratulate the ports of Den Helder, Den Oever, Groningen, Harlingen and Lauwersoog for achieving PERS certification. The five ports received their certificates during a dedicated trilateral conference bringing together ports and stakeholders in the Wadden Sea from the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark that took place on 20 June.
24 June 2016 | Read more

ESPO’s Road Map to cut Red Tape in Maritime Transport

Port authorities being one of the main stakeholders in the ongoing debate on the implementation of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD), ESPO and its members have developed some ambitious but realistic steps towards administrative simplification and trade facilitation.
13 June 2016 | Read more

EU Transport sector campaign on the review of the MFF: More EU Budget for Transport, The Best Investment Plan for Europe

29 European transport organisations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, and users in the maritime, inland waterways, railways and air sector, are again joining efforts in a campaign to urge the European Parliament and the Council to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
10 June 2016 | Read more

ESPO is looking for a Senior Policy Advisor in the field of environment, sustainable development and marine safety

ESPO is looking for a SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR in the field of environment, sustainable development and marine safety (m/f). The person will monitor EU policy and legislative developments in the fields of environment, sustainable development, marine safety and will be coordinating the EcoPorts network.
09 June 2016 | Read more

The ESPO Conference 2016 in 10 quotes

On Thursday and Friday, the European port industry gathered in big numbers in Dublin for the 13th edition of the Annual Conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). With more than 280 delegates, interesting speakers and good debates, ESPO can look back at a successful event.
03 June 2016 | Read more

ESPO launches “Trends in EU Port Governance 2016”

Gathering in Dublin for its Annual Conference, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has presented today the “Trends in EU Ports Governance 2016”. This publication is based on the results of the latest ESPO fact-finding survey on the governance and organisation of EU ports, which took place over the last months. 86 port authorities from 19 EU Member States, Norway and Iceland completed the questionnaire. Together, they represent more than 200 ports and more than 57% of the overall volume of cargo handled in the European Union. This edition builds on the merits and know-how of the previous editions and focuses on certain trends that can be of added value for both the port industry sector and EU policy makers.
02 June 2016 | Read more

ESPO launches Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports

During the 13th annual conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in Dublin, the ESPO Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports was launched. This code was developed by ESPO together with Cruise Baltic, Cruise Europe, Cruise Norway, MedCruise and Cruise Britain, who since September 2014 have been part of the Cruise and Ferry Port Network. The aim of the code is to formulate a series of good practices to face the challenges that European cruise and ferry ports are dealing with nowadays. The five main challenges identified are the port-city relationship, infrastructure, cooperation, relation with the cruise and ferry lines and security.
02 June 2016 | Read more



General Assembly – 9 November, Brussels

Executive Committee – Fall, tbc

Technical Committees:

• Marine Affairs–29 September, Brussels

• Intermodal, Logistics and Industry Committee-6 October, Brussels

• Sustainable Development Committee-11 October, Venice

• Cruise and Ferry Network–11 October, Venice

• Economic Analysis and Statistics Committee-13 October, Brussels

• Port Governance-Fall, Brussels

• Trade Facilitation, security, customs–Fall, Brussels


Council of the European Union

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

• 12 – 13 July 2016, Bratislava

(Informal meeting Energy Ministers)

• 1-2 December 2016, Brussels

Environment Council

• 11 -12 July 2016, Bratislava

(Informal meeting Environment Ministers)

• 17 October 2016, Luxembourg

European Parliament

Plenary Session

• 4 – 7 July 2016, Strasbourg

• 12 – 15 September 2016 Strasbourg

Transport Committee

• 11 – 12 July, Brussels

• 1 September 2016, Brussels

Environment Committee

• 11 – 12 July, Brussels

• 31 August – 1 September 2016, Brussels


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