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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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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.


EU Commission adopts action plan strategy to improve customs risk management

On 21 August, the European Commission adopted a new strategy and detailed action plan to improve customs risk management.


GreenPort Congress 2014: improving the relationship between ports, users, customers and stakeholders

This year, the 9th GreenPort Congress is taking place from 15 till 16 October in Barcelona. Delegates are invited to register online before 20 August to enjoy the early bird rate.


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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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