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“What if you are a non-TEN-T port? What if you are a small port in the comprehensive network?” EU legal obligations, rights and funding opportunities for small ports

10 October 2016

On 5 October, ESPO organised a special workshop dedicated to small ports: “What if you are a non-TEN-T port? What if you are a small port in the comprehensive network?” In the morning session, small ports of the TEN-T comprehensive network and outside the TEN-T network discussed with EU officials and experts about legal obligations and rights under European legislation. Participants shared the view that almost all European legislation equally applies to small and big ports. However, small ports face more challenges in complying with European legal obligations because of the limited resources available in terms of structure, organisation, funding, personnel, etc. For this reason, more assistance and funding opportunities were pleaded by participants in order to face these challenges. Small ports were also invited to participate to horizontal cooperation platforms, such as Ecoports, in order to benefit from knowledge sharing of best practices.

In the afternoon, representatives from European institutions and agencies presented funding opportunities for small ports. The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) focuses on big ports whereas the Interreg programme and the European Maritime Fishery Fund offers interesting opportunities to small ports. The port of Oostende, the British Ports Association, and the Danish Ports association shared their experience on using the funding opportunities offered to small ports.

Please find below all the presentations from the meeting.

EU Legal rights and obligations of small ports


Funding opportunities for small ports


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund


Horizon2020, LIFE, CEF, EFSI

Eugenio Quintieri – ESPO: Other funding opportunities for small ports

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