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ESPO suggests two-step approach for the new EU Transport Strategy

While ports are ready to embrace and adapt to a changed reality due to COVID-19, it is unclear how long the current major disruption of Europe’s economy and society will last. For this reason, ESPO proposed a two-step approach to set the ground for a long-term EU Transport Strategy.

ESPO: TEN-T review should bring maritime and land links on equal footing

The TEN-T guidelines review should not lead to a complete change of direction in the TEN-T policy, said the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in a new announcement as the European Commission is currently at the process of reviewing the 2013 TEN-T guidelines with a public consultation. 

EU highlights the urgency for increased port – rail connectivity

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) together with the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) published a joint paper calling for the strengthening of port-rail connectivity with regards to the European Union’s transport policy. In fact, the paper entitled “Ports in the European Rail System” suggests the implementation of the current EU legislative rail framework should take into account that rail management is not a core task for port authorities, as they have to deal with a complex web of transport, logistics, industry, energy, blue growth and community interests.

Over 40 organisations jointly call for a strong CEF II

Ahead of the European Parliament’s hearings of the commissioners-designate, a coalition of more than 40 European associations and organisations reiterated their call for a strong transport budget. The budget will be decided by the upcoming negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework. 

ESPO: The Ten-T review must recognize the new roles of ports

ESPO submitted its proposals regarding the European Commission’s review of the TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013 which kick started before summer. ESPO believes the new TEN-T guidelines should be adapted to recognise the role many seaports are playing in the field of energy and digitalization over their classical role.

EU and UK trade heavily depends on port of Dover

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest international roll-on roll-off ferry port, handling up to €136 billion of trade or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods. Many were the reports according to which the port could be severely affected in light of Brexit. 

Study: Technological innovation a major challenge for port sector

Innovation at terminals is a reality with container terminal operators evolving in a highly competitive environment and deploying tremendous efforts to adapt their terminals to the ever-growing size of vessels and its cascading effects, according to a new study by ETF, IDC, FEPORT and ESPO.

European ports’ Top-10 of environmental priorities

Sotiris Raptis presents the ten key priorities of European ports toward a more sustainable management, according to the latest environmental report published annually by ESPO. One of the findings that is worth noticing is that air quality, which was not an issue back in 1996, it is now in the agenda remaining a first priority since 2013.

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