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ESPO monthly overview – April 2023

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Thomas Bergman, managing director, Port of Inkoo, Finland.

Port pro of the month: Thomas Bergman (FI)
This month, ESPO is talking to Mr. Thomas Bergman, managing director of the Port of Inkoo in Finland. In what follows, you will read more about the energy transition, clean fuels, and the impact of recent European policy initiatives on a Finnish port. Discover the other interesting topics our port pro of the month addressed below!
26 April 2023 | Read more 

Nature restoration: Europe’s ports ask for a coherent and flexible framework to ensure port development and (re)building nature can go hand-in-handThe European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) very much welcomes the aim of enhancing biodiversity and preserving nature. ESPO therefore support the aims set out in the Nature Restoration Law, but believes this new proposal must act as a complement to existing EU legislation, rather than introducing another layer of complexity in nature restoration efforts. The proposal must avoid reinventing the wheel, and should provide some flexibility for ports and a level playing field on the European level.
24 April 2023 |Read more

ESPO conference 2023 – Bremen 1-2 June: let’s go through the programme
On 1 and 2 June, the European port community and stakeholders are gathering for the 19th edition of the ESPO Annual Conference in the magnificent heritage listed ParkHotel in Bremen. The central theme of this year’s Conference is “Europe’s ports as partners in the race to net-zero”.   
20 April 2023 | Read more

ETS shipping: Europe’s ports call for early and robust action to prevent evasionOn 18 April 2023, the European Parliament adopted the final EP-Council agreement for the revised EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the inclusion of maritime in the EU ETS1 as part of decarbonising shipping. Europe’s ports have consistently called for an ambitious maritime EU ETS that makes the green transition of maritime possible, whilst protecting the competitiveness of European ports. 
19 April 2023 | Read more

TEN-T revision: European parliament must recognize essential role of ports in new energy supply chains
Tomorrow the European Parliament’s Transport Committee will vote on the compromise agreements reached on the revision of the TEN-T Regulation. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has repeatedly pleaded for a new assessment of the importance of Europe’s ports in the TEN-T network in order to reflect the current and future role of ports in the supply of new energies. More than 40 amendments tabled by six different political groups had been tabled supporting this idea.   
12 April 2023 | Read more 

ESPO conference 2023 – Bremen 1-2 June: we are ready, are you?
In less than two months, the European port community will gather in Bremen for the 19th edition of the Annual Conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation. All information and registration details can be found on: www.espo-conference.com.     
11 April 2023 | Read more

The ESPO award 2023 will place nature restoration projects in Europe’s ports in the spotlight – the competition is open

The ESPO Award on Social Integration of Ports is entering its 15th edition, with the theme “Nature restoration projects in ports benefitting the local community”.
16 March 2023 | Read more



ESPO Conference 2023 – 1-2 June 2023, Bremen


General Assembly – 31 May 2023, Bremen

Technical Committees

Economic Analysis and Statistics Committee meeting – 4-5 May, Piraeus, Greece

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