ESPO AWARD

To promote the efforts made by different European ports to enhance the city port relations through innovative projects, ESPO decided in 2009 to give out an annual ESPO award on Social Integration of Ports. After the two first editions, it was decided to focus each year on one different aspect of social integration. 

The themes addressed so far are: Creative Strategies to Communicate the Port to the Wider Public (2011), Youth (2012), Heritage (2013), Innovative Environmental Projects (2014), Relationship with Schools and Universities (2015), Nature in Ports (2016), Art and Cultural involvement of the port (2017) and Ports as a good work environment for everyone (2018).

The 2019 theme was “Transparency and the role of social media in reaching out to the local community”.

Port of Dover was awarded the ESPO Award 2019 in recognition of its successful strategy to reach out to the local community and to directly communicate with the port citizens. Using social media as a new way of communicating and demonstrating a high level of transparency about operational achievements, future strategies and environmental challenges and performance is becoming increasingly important for European ports who can only function and further develop if they receive the licence to operate from the local citizens.

The ESPO Award was handed out by the Director-General of DG Move Henrik Hololei, during a ceremony at the “Albert Hall” in Brussels.

Every year, the winner is selected by an independent jury of international experts. The 2019 judges were: Dimitrios Theologitis (chairman), Nico Croes, Knut Fleckenstein, Marta Moretti, Markku Mylly, José Sanchez and David Whitehead. 

More than 180 port projects have been submitted to compete for the ESPO Award on social integration of ports since its establishment in 2009.

To consult the pictures and the submitted projects of the previous editions, click here.

  • Port of Dover wins ESPO Award 2019: click here
  • 2019 submissions: click here
  • shortlisted projects 2019: click here


WINNERS OF THE ESPO AWARD

  • 2009 Port of Gijón (Spain) | Gijón Port & City Together 
    Special mentions: port of Genoa (Italy) Genoa Port Center –Breaking Down the “Social Distancing” of the Port.  Port of Ghent (Belgium) Project Ghent Canal Zone -Working Together on the Sustainable Development of the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal Zone
  • 2010 Port of Helsinki (Finland) | Port as Part of the City
  • 2011 Ports of Stockholm (Sweden) | Hamnvision 2015 (Portvision 2015)
  • 2012 Port of Genoa (Italy) | Citizens of the Port – Knowing and Living the Port of Genoa
  • 2013 Port of Antwerp (Belgium) | Heritage: The Breadcrumb Trail between City and Port
  • 2014 Port of Koper | No waste, just ressources
  • 2015 Port of Dublin (Ireland) | Port Communities Educational Support Programme 
    Special mention for Port of Guadeloupe Discovering my port
  • 2016 bremenports (Germany) LUNEPLATE 
  • 2017 Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes (France) | Port’Art  
  • 2018 Port of Rotterdam Authority (The Netherlands) | The Port of Rotterdam creates a good working environment for everyone
  • 2019 Port of Dover (United Kingdom)Transparen-SEA (Socially Engaged Accountability)
Pictures 2019 Winner 2019 Previous editions: Pictures & Booklets with submitted projects

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.

To consult the pictures and presentations of previous editions, click here

The 17th edition of ESPO’s annual conference is taking place in Oslo on 28-29 May 2020. More information about the programme and how to register in January 2020. 


2019 speakers' presentation Pictures 2019