Position of the European Sea Ports Organisation on CEF II

05 September 2018

On 6 June 2018, the European Commission adopted its proposal for the Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027 (CEF II) (COM) (2018)438.

In order to contribute in a constructive and substantiated manner to the formulation of the CEF II proposal and the negotiations to follow, end of 2017 the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) commissioned a study1 with a view to:

  • Identify the drivers and investment needs of European ports;
  • Analyse the ports’ ability to make use of EU funding and financing instruments;
  • Recommend how CEF can be further improved.

The study confirms that European ports play an increasingly important role in the transport chain and for the European economy. They are not only essential nodes of transport and logistics, linking maritime with all others modes of transport, they have also developed into important nodes of energy, industry and blue economy. In order to fulfil their role as sustainable, efficient, and state-of- the-art ports, investments continue to be essential.

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