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European Ports Work

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ESPO Award 2014

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ESPO Green Guide

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ESPO meets with Commissioner Karmenu Vella

On Thursday morning, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) met with the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, to discuss maritime affairs.

The meeting took place on the occasion of the 4th Maritime Spatial Planning conference in Venice, which was opened by the Commissioner. The conference addressed topics affecting the coastal tourism and cruise sectors, including environmental challenges.

Both ESPO’s Chairman and Secretary General were very positive about the outcome of the meeting.


Port of Koper wins ESPO Award 2014

The Port of Koper in Slovenia has been awarded this year’s ESPO Award in recognition of its work in creating a sustainable future for the port and its surroundings.

Koper was presented with the Award at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday night.


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Luka Koper: A Port in Green.

ESPO Award winner 2014 presents its environmental policy.



ESPO Chairman, Santiago Garcia-Milà and ESPO Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost meeting with the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella in Venice.

Welcome to the ESPO website

The European Sea Ports Organisation was founded in 1993. It  represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and Norway. ESPO has also observer members in several neighbouring countries to the EU.

The European Union simply cannot function without its seaports. 90 % of Europe’s cargo trade in goods passes through the more than 1200 seaports existing in the 23 maritime Member States of the EU and more than 400 million passengers pass through Europe’s ports every year using ferry and cruise services.

Without seaports, the European Union would not exist as an economic world power. Without seaports, there would be no internal market.

ESPO ensures that seaports have a clear voice in the European Union. The organisation promotes the common interests of its members throughout Europe and is also engaged in dialogue with European stakeholders in the Port and Maritime sector.

ESPO works through a permanent secretariat in Brussels, a General Assembly, an Executive Committee, and 8 specialised committees.


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