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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.

ESPO Green Guide

green guide"Towards excellence in port environmental management and sustainability"

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ESPO Conference 2015

logo conference 2014On 21 and 22 May 2015, ESPO hwill hold the 12th edition of its annual conference in Athens. The theme of the conference will be Ports and Energy.

European Ports Work

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Does your port engage with local schools and universities? Then you could be the next ESPO Award winner!

This year, the 7th ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports will address  projects that seek to constructively engage local schools and universities with the work of the port for the benefit of the wider community.


The Court of Justice condemns Spain over its port labour organisation

In June 2013, the European Commission decided to refer Spain to the EU Court of Justice over its rules on hiring port labour in several Spanish ports. On 11 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) confirmed that Spain has breached EU rules on freedom of establishment enshrined in Article 49 of the Treaty the EU.


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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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