HOW ESPO WORKS
The membership structure is organised on national level. Each member country has three official delegates with voting rights in the General Assembly. Neighbouring countries have one observer delegate each.
Each member country also has a formal delegate in the Executive Committee, which is the daily policy-making body of the organisation. The General Assembly elects a Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen for a mandate of two years.
Technical expertise and advisory input comes from the technical committees and networks on topics as diverse as port governance, intermodal transport, logistics and industry, sustainable development, marine affairs, trade facilitation, customs and security, economic analysis and statistics, cruise and passenger port issues, labour and operations and legal issues. These specialised committees and networks are made up of and chaired by experts from the member ports and are co-ordinated by ESPO staff.
The recommendations of the technical committees are submitted to ESPO’s Executive Committee which takes the final decision.
The ESPO Technical Committees are chaired by the following persons:
- Economic Analysis and Statistics Committee: Aernoud Willeumier – NL
- Intermodal & Logistics/ Intermodal, Logistics and Industry: Wolf von der Mosel - DE
- Legal Advisory / Legal Advisory Network: Wilko Tijsse Claase - NL
- Marine Affairs and Security / Marine Affairs Committee: Claus Holm Christensen – DK
- Port Governance Committe: Santiago Garcia Mila – ES
- Sustainable Development Committee: Edvard Molitor – SE
- Passengers / Cruise and Ferry Ports Network: Stavros Hatzakos - GR
- Labour and Operations Network: Carmen Costache - RO
- Trade and Facilitation, Customs and Security Committee: Kristin van Kesteren-Stefan – BE (since 1/11/17)