ESPO’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Every year, one of ESPO’s member ports hosts the annual conference. Following 16 successful editions, ESPO’s annual conference has become a meeting point for European port industry and transport policy makers. The conference features very high quality speakers, allows for open debates on topics that are high on the ports’ agenda and includes multiple networking events in beautiful settings. It is a unique opportunity for industry, stakeholders and European political scene to meet, discuss and learn from each other.
This year, the ESPO Conference will be sailing towards you: we are taking you on a Conference Regatta, crossing Europe from South to North. We set sail in the Port of Valencia on Tuesday 25 May. From there we sail off to Ghent, where we will be welcomed by our second host, North Sea Port on Wednesday 26 May. Our last port of call will be the Port of Oslo, where we race to the finish line on Friday 28 May.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Europe’s ports at the crossroads of transitions”.
After a year of disruption, Europe is preparing for a green recovery, a plan that aims at combining the need to recover with the delivery of the Green Deal, Europe’s flagship project to become the world’s first net-zero emission area by 2050. At the same time, the EU seeks to strengthen its resilience by pursuing an open strategic autonomy approach in trade. Finally, on the 1st of January we became the EU-27, a game changer for Europe’s ports or not?
In 2020, Europe’s ports have shown the best of themselves. Throughout the pandemic, they remained operational and have been playing a critical role in keeping the supply chains going.
It is now time to prepare for the future. Being at the centre of different strategies, Europe’s ports can be a partner in building a stronger and better Europe. They can develop towards becoming real engines of growth and green recovery, while engaging fully into the digitalisation process. What do ports have to offer? Which tools and policy ingredients are needed to boost this development? How to engage all partners in the port ecosystem?
Join us for this ESPO Conference Regatta 2021 and let’s talk all together - port industry, businesses, academics and, last but not least, EU policy makers - about the future of ports as part of a strong and resilient European economy and society.
The detailed programme and practical information for the ESPO Conference Regatta 2021 can be found on the official conference website.
To consult the pictures and presentations of previous editions, click here.
If you have any questions regarding the 2021 edition of the Conference Regatta, please contact Anaëlle Boudry from the ESPO Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers' presentations last edition
Pictures last edition