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ESPO Monthly Overview – January 2017

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ESPO Monthly Overview – January 2017

1 February 2017


Port of the Month: Port of Thessaloniki (Greece)

This month, ESPO would like to present to you the Port of Thessaloniki. Located at the shores of the Thermaicos Gulf in Northern Greece, the Port of Thessaloniki is a multipurpose port with a rich history dating back to Classical Antiquity. Let’s have a closer look at this interesting port!

31 January 2017 | Read more

The Council of Ministers adopts the Port Regulation

On 23 January, the Council of Ministers adopted the Port Regulation, which concludes the procedure at first reading. The European Parliament voted on 14 December 2016. The legal act will be signed by both institutions in mid-February and published in the EU Official Journal a few weeks later. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication. The principles set out in the Regulation will apply 2 years after the entry into force. This means that by March 2019 these rules will have to be applied in all TEN-T ports of the European Union.

23 January 2017 | Read more

Follow @PORTOPIA_EU on twitter!

Do you already follow @PORTOPIA_EU, the official twitter page of the PORTOPIA project? Here are some reasons why you should follow it: it doesn’t merely share articles and announce important events, but it also provides graphs and data on EU port statistics, governance and environmental management.

18 January 2017 | Read more

EcoPorts: The EU port’s environmental initiative turns 20

In 2017, EcoPorts, the EU ports’ environmental initiative, celebrates its 20th anniversary. It started in 1997 as an initiative of a number of ports and since 2011, it runs under the auspices of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). Over these years, EcoPorts has significantly contributed to better environmental management and increased protection of the environment across all European ports.  On the occasion of this 20th anniversary, the Greenport Magazine has published an article on EcoPorts.

27 January 2017 | Read more

PORTOPIA updates

This new section of the ESPO Monthly OVerview is dedicated to updates concerning the PORTOPIA project and articles published on the PORTOPIA website. PORTOPIA is a 4-year collaborative research project under the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) of the European Commission, known as the ‘Horizon 2020’ program. The project monitors and reports key performance data for European ports and thus assists the industry in moving towards a more sustainable and competitive port system.

  • Review of Maritime Transport 2016

The Review of Maritime Transport 2016 is published annually by the UNCTAD secretariat since 1968 and aims to foster the transparency of maritime markets and to analyse relevant developments. The current edition (2016) supports the idea that the long-term growth prospects for seaborne trade and maritime businesses are positive. Developing countries seem to have ample opportunities to generate income and employment and to help promote foreign trade.

10 January 2017 | Read more

  • Trends in EU ports governance: The hybrid nature of port authorities

Seaports remain under public ownership, but are moving towards more independent private-like management.

19 January 2017 | Read more
Follow PORTOPIA on Twitter: @PORTOPIA_EU



Executive Committee – 22 February 2017, Brussels

General Assembly – 31 May 2017, Barcelona

Technical Committees

Economic Analysis and Statistics – 30-31 March 2017, Rotterdam

Sustainable Development – 4 April 2017, Brussels

Intermodal, Logistics and Industry – 27-28 April 2017, Civitavecchia

Marine Affairs – 4 May 2017, Brussels

Port Governance – Spring 2017, TBC

Trade Facilitation, Customs and Security – Spring 2017, TBC


Council of the European Union

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

  • 27 February 2017, Brussels
  • 18-19 May 2017, Malta (Informal meeting of Energy Ministers)

Environment Council

  • 28 February 2017, Brussels
  • 25-26 April 2017, Malta (Informal meeting of Environment Ministers)

European Parliament

Plenary Session

  • 1-2 February 2017, Brussels
  • 13-16 February 2017, Strasbourg

Transport Committee

  • 27-28 February 2017, Brussels
  • 22-23 March 2017, Brussels

Environment Committee

  • 27-28 February 2017, Brussels
  • 9 March 2017, Brussels
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