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ESPO Award 2014

logo espo-awardThe ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports is entering its sixth edition. For the 2014 competition, the theme ‘Innovative environmental projects’ was chosen.

The five ports shortlisted for this year’s Award are Huelva, Koper, Lisbon, Marseille and Rotterdam.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels on 4 November.

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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.


Social dialogue partners in the port sector ratify joint papers on women’s employment and training

On 21 October, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue on Ports ratified two joint papers dealing with “Recommendations on Women’s Employment in the Port Sector” and “Training and Qualifications”.


ESPO Award 2014 Shortlisted Project: The Port of Marseille: GIREL Research and Development Project

This project from Marseille, takes an innovative, science-based approach to protecting valuable marine ecosystems.


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ESPO Conference 2015 to be held in  Piraeus 

On 21 and 22 May 2015, ESPO is inviting its members, all interested stakeholders and policy makers to come to Greece for the 12th edition of its annual conference, which will be organised in cooperation with the port of Piraeus.

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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