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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 call for proposals is open.

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New TEN-T call published

On 11 September, the European Commission published the first call for tender under the Connecting Europe Facility and announced to make available €11.9 billion of EU funding to improve European transport connections.


Huelva, Koper, Lisbon, Marseille and Rotterdam on shortlist for ESPO Award 2014

Today, the projects of the ports of Huelva, Koper, Lisbon, Marseille and Rotterdam have been shortlisted for the sixth ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports.


ESPO Port of the month: the Port of Gdansk

This month, we want to put the port of Gdansk in the picture. As a steadily growing port in Eastern Europe, Gdansk definitely deserves a place in our “Port of the Month” column. Moreover, the port’s Marketing Director, Julian Skelnik is Vice Chairman of ESPO.


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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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