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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: The Port of Lisbon: Innovative Dredging Project

The next project shortlisted for this year’s ESPO comes from Lisbon and looks at new ways  to preserve the natural environment around the port, while improving its economic prospects and collaboration with society and stakeholders.


The ports of Calais, Cork and Moerdijk receive recognition for high environmental standards

During an official dinner at the GreenPort Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday, 15 October, ESPO was delighted to congratulate the ports of Calais, Cork and Moerdijk for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification.


ESPO Award 2014 Shortlisted Project: The Port of Koper: No Waste, Just Resources!

This project from Luka Koper in Slovenia looks at the role ports can play in creating an innovative approach to waste management by encouraging the re-use and reprocessing of waste products into environmentally-friendly materials.


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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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