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Port Of Rotterdam Wins The ESPO Award 2018!

On 8 November 2018, Port of Rotterdam Authority was awarded the ESPO Award 2018 in recognition of its engagement with the city or wider community, through the creation of a good workplace environment for its current and future employees and the demonstration of its investment in a diverse and inclusive environment, facilitating mutual respect, non-discrimination and personal development. The ESPO Award was handed out by the Deputy Director-General of DG Move, Maja Bakran, during a ceremony at “Palais des Académies” in Brussels.

ESPO Re-Elects Eamonn O’reilly As Chairman

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Eamonn O’Reilly was unanimously re-elected as Chairman following a vote of ESPO’s General Assembly in Brussels. E. O’Reilly has been chairing the organisation during the last two years.

The General Assembly also re-elected Annaleena Mäkilä and elected Zeno d’Agostino as Vice-Chairs. Ms Mäkilä is currently Managing Director of the Finnish ports Association and has been Vice Chair since 2014. Mr d’Agostino is President of Assoporti, the Italian Association of Ports and President of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea. Z. d’Agostino replaces Bernard Mazuel (UPF-France) who has been Vice Chair for the last four years.


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European Parliament Strengthens ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle For Ship Waste Management

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted today the Meissner report on the Port Reception Facilities.

ESPO welcomes in particular the proposal to strengthen the ‘polluter pays’ principle by discouraging the delivery of unreasonable quantities of garbage, including dangerous waste, for a fixed fee.

It aims to make sure that ships deliver their garbage at every port call and don’t skip waste deliveries to save time.


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ESPO Publishes Its Position Paper On The Port Reception Facilities For Ship Waste

“Introducing a fee system whereby ships could deliver unreasonable amounts of garbage, including dangerous waste for 100% fixed fee, would be a severe and unacceptable divergence from the ‘polluter pays’ principle. It risks to discourage tackling waste at the source by reducing waste volumes onboard, which has been the cornerstone of the EU waste policy” says ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost.

ESPO proposes to set a limit on ship waste covered by the 100% fixed fee.


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ESPO Applauds EU Role In Achieving The IMO Agreement On CO2 Reduction Target For Shipping

ESPO welcomes the agreement reached at global level within the IMO to peak CO2 emissions from shipping as soon as possible and reduce them by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. For European ports, the agreement reached last week is a real milestone and sends a strong signal that the IMO can take action.

Investing In The Port Of Tomorrow

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On 29 May, the European Commission is due to adopt the new Connecting Europe Facility proposal, the key EU funding instrument for transport infrastructure. What’s in for ports?
The ESPO Conference on 31 May and 1 June is probably the first occasion to discuss this new proposal with the Commission, Members of the European Parliament, the TEN-T coordinators and the ports. It will be held in Rotterdam.


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ESPO Conference 2018 in Rotterdam

“Investing in the port of tomorrow”: What are the main drivers for ports to invest? How to match long investment processes with the rapidly changing supply chain needs? Etc..
These are the main issues to be discussed during this two-day conference. The event will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2018 in the Onderzeebootloods in Rotterdam.


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Espo Pleads For A Strong Connecting Europe Facility To Support The EUR 48 Billion European Port Investment Needs


The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has submitted its contribution to the public consultation in preparation of the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II) for the financial period 2021-2028. To prepare its submission, ESPO commissioned a study to investigate the future investment needs of European ports, as well as the past ability of ports to benefit from the different EU financial instruments.

The study will be officially presented at the forthcoming ESPO conference “Investing in the port of tomorrow” taking place on 31 May and 1 June in Rotterdam.

We have the pleasure to welcoming Mr Eamonn O’reilly, Chairman of the ESPO, at the Ferry Shipping Summit. Mr O’Reilly has been serving as Chief Executive of the Dublin Port Company since 2010.


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ESPO Asks Brexit Negotiators To Prioritise Impact For Ports In The Assessment Of Potential Post-Brexit Scenarios

The European Sea Ports Organisation has developed a position paper to submit to the negotiators now that Brexit has entered the second phase.
With this paper, ESPO calls on the Brexit negotiators to prioritise transport and more in particular maritime transport in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations.