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On 21 and 22 May 2015, ESPO will hold the 12th edition of its annual conference in Athens. The theme of the conference will be Ports and Energy.


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ESPO Conference to shed a first light on Port Regulation approach in European Parliament

On 21-22 May, European ports, port stakeholders and policy makers are gathering in Athens for the 12th edition of the ESPO annual Conference. The theme of this year is: “No ports, No energy; No energy, no ports!”.


Athens, 21 – 22 May 2015 – ESPO Conference? What else?

On 21 and 22 May, ESPO is holding its Annual Conference in Athens, hosted by the Port of Piraeus.

For those who have never attended this not to-be-missed annual gathering of over 220 representatives of port industry and EU policy makers, or for those who are still making up their minds, we have lined up some good arguments to help convince you to join us in Athens.


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ESPO Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost attends

ESPO Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost attends Transport Week 2015 in Gdansk.

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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