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ESPO Monthly Overview – April 2017

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ESPO Monthly Overview – April 2017

03 May 2017


Port of the Month: Port of Leixões (Portugal)

This month, we will take you to the Port of Leixões in Portugal. Strategically located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, the Port of Leixões functions mainly as an export port, serving virtually all types of ships and cargo as well as cruises. Let’s have a closer look at this interesting port!
02 May 2017 | Read more

ESPO Award 2017: Are art and cultural involvement the matchmakers between your port and the city?

The ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports is entering its ninth edition. The theme of this year is “Art and Cultural involvement of the port”. The 9th ESPO Award will be officially handed out during an Award Ceremony and Port Night, which will take place on 8 November 2017 in Brussels.
28 April 2017 | Read more

Workshop on “Regeneration of Port Cities and Port Areas”

Within the framework of the Opinion on “Regeneration of Port Cities and Port Areas”, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) jointly with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU is cooperating to put that matter on the European agenda. The workshop, co-organised in collaboration with ESPO and EFIP, will take place on 16 May (9:00 am – 13:00 pm) at the Maltese Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.
28 April 2017 | Read more

ESPO Conference 2017 – 1 and 2 June in Barcelona: let’s go through the programme!

“Ports in a changing climate, a changing world”: this is the central theme of the ESPO 2017 Annual Conference, taking place on 1 and 2 June, kindly hosted by the Port of Barcelona.
24 April 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.

  • Double interview with Isabelle Ryckbost (ESPO) and Michael Dooms (PORTOPIA)

The PORTOPIA project has entered its last year. This is a good time to make up a balance and to look into the future of the project. Therefore, we organised an interview with Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of ESPO, and Michael Dooms, the PORTOPIA project coordinator.

11 April 2017 | Read more

  • The Straits of Gibraltar: container port activity

The Straits of Gibraltar is a very strategic point on East-West maritime trade lanes. Between 1985 and 2016, the container volumes in the wider region around the Straits grew from 660,000 TEU (1985) to 14.01 million TEU (2016).

Dr. Theo Notteboom, co-founder and co-director of PortEconomics, has made an overview of the container port activity around the Straits of Gibraltar (1985-2016).

18 April 2017 | Read more

  • Trends in EU ports governance: optimizing land use

According to the ESPO Fact-Finding Survey of 2016, 44% of European port authorities manage more than one port. The merging of neighbouring port authorities happened either bottom-up, as a result of cooperation between port authorities, or driven by government’s policy.

25 April 2017 | Read more

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ESPO Conference 2017: 1-2 June 2017, Barcelona – www.espo-conference.com

ESPO Award 2017: 8 November 2017, Brussels


General Assembly – 31 May 2017, Barcelona

Technical Committees

Sustainable Development – 10 October 2017, Amsterdam

Marine Affairs – 4 May 2017, Brussels

Trade Facilitation, Customs and Security & Brexit Working Group – 11 May 2017, Southampton

Port Governance – Spring 2017, TBC


Council of the European Union

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

  • 18-19 May 2017, Malta (Informal meeting of Energy Ministers)
  • 8-9 June 2017, Luxembourg

Environment Council

  • 19 June 2017, Luxembourg

European Parliament

Plenary Session

  • 15-18 May 2017, Strasbourg

Transport Committee

  • 3-4 May 2017, Brussels
  • 30 May 2017, Brussels

Environment Committee

  • 3-4 May 2017, Brussels
  • 29-30 May 2017, Brussels

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