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Port of the Month: Helsinki (Finland)

As Finland’s busiest passenger port, people are of great importance to the Port of Helsinki. Even while constructing a new terminal, the wellbeing and happiness of the inhabitants of the area and of the passengers are vital for the port. But at the same time, the Port of Helsinki specialises in unitised cargo services for Finnish companies engaged in foreign trade. We had a talk with this interesting port about its challenges and opportunities.


EFSI January 2016 State of play: out of the 42 projects approved by the EIB so far, 8 projects are in the transport sector

The European Commission published the state of play of EFSI (the so-called “Juncker Plan”) as of January 2016. Out of the 42 projects approved by the EIB so far, 8 projects are in the transport sector. From this first overview of the selected projects, the energy sector seems to be particularly active in taking advantages of the opportunities offered by these new EU financial instruments with 17 projects approved.


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ESPO Conference 2016

Dublin Ports will host ESPO Conference 2016 on 2 -3 June


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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