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ESPO Green Guide

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ESPO Award 2014

logo espo-awardThe sixth edition of the ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports has been won by the Port of Koper.

European Ports Work

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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.


Santiago Garcia-Milà re-elected as Chairman of ESPO

Santiago Garcia-Milà has been re-elected as Chairman of the European Ports Organisation (ESPO).

Mr Garcia-Milà was unanimously elected for his second term as Chairman following a vote of by ESPO’s  General Assembly in Brussels on Tuesday afternoon.


ESPO Award 2014 Shortlisted Project: W-nose: An E-Sensor Network in Rotterdam Rijnmond

The final project shortlisted for this year’s ESPO Award is from Rotterdam Rijnmond, takes an innovative approach to ensuring the highest standard of air quality in the port area thorough an inventive use of technology.


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Luka Koper: A Port in Green.

ESPO Award winner 2014 presents its environmental policy.

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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