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ESPO Award 2015

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ESPO Green Guide

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European Ports Work

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


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Transport associations warn against risks of shifting CEF money to EFSI

In view of this week’s Transport Council, the debate on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey, and transport policy’s contribution to EU Competitiveness, growth and jobs, a group of EU transport associations have voiced  concerns on the way the European Union is tackling transport infrastructure financing and development.


The European Federation of Inland Ports is looking for a new Director

The European Federation of Inland Ports, the official voice of more than 200 inland ports in 18 countries, is looking for a new Director.


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ESPO Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost attends

ESPO Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost attends Transport Week 2015 in Gdansk.

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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