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MoS Coordinator Brian Simpson invites ports to raise more strongly their voice towards Members States

Mr. Simpson was invited for an exchange of views with ESPO Executive Committee about his work as coordinator of Motorways of the Sea (MoS). He stressed the importance of ports in the MoS framework that need to be further enhanced in the TEN-T multimodal corridors. In particular, he invited ports to raise more strongly their voice towards the Members States on the need of ports for appropriate funding for investments given their importance in intra-EU and extra-EU trade.


Port of the Month: Port of Vigo

The port of this month is the Port of Vigo, located in the Spanish region of Galicia. We asked Carlos Botana Lagarón, Head of Enviromental Policies of the Port Authority of Vigo, to answer some questions about challenges, opportunities and environmental policies in his port.


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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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