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espo conference 2015ESPO Conference 2015

On 21 and 22 May 2015, ESPO holds the 12th edition of its annual conference in Athens. The theme of the conference is Ports and Energy. Register here!

espo conference 2015ESPO Conference 2015

On 21 and 22 May 2015, ESPO holds the 12th edition of its annual conference in Athens. The theme of the conference is Ports and Energy. Register here!

 

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Public consultation on Birds and Habitats Directives
06-05-2015


The European Commission has recently launched a new public consultation addressing the Birds and Habitats Directives. Through an online public questionnaire, the consultation requests interested individuals and organisations across Europe to give their views on the future of EU nature legislation, as part of a broader Fitness Check.

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Port regulation: ESPO sees room for a realistic compromise between Council and Parliament
04-05-2015

Brussels, 4 May 2015 - Tomorrow, EP’s Transport Committee (TRAN) will hold a first debate on the Port Regulation proposal of May 2013. In March 2014, the EP rapporteur, Knut Fleckenstein and the main EP negotiators decided for different reasons not to vote on the proposal before the elections but to leave it to the new Parliament to pick up the thread. In the meantime, the Transport Council reached a political agreement.

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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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