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Steering Europe's ports into the 21st century

Date: 15/05/2012

On 11 May in Sopot, Poland, at the ESPO conference on port financing and investment, Vice-President Siim Kallas outlined the European Commission's ports policy review. Vice-President Kallas underlined the importance of transparency in financing and the need for a level playing field for ports competing across Europe, so ports can fully be exploited in the logistical chain and serve the European economy. This will boost the performance of the ports, create more quality employment and ensure a stable environment for investment. The Commission wants to ensure that ports can operate in an efficient and transparent way, make use of their strategic role in the transport system and allow people to do business in the most sustainable and efficient way. Transparency and access to the market could be granted by establishing clear rules, without disrupting longstanding business models if they are working well, not least as an incentive to attract long-term investments. Ports also need adequate financing – public and private – to cope with rising demand. Public financing should be used in a transparent and effective way. Connections to the hinterland must be facilitated by integrating the ports seamlessly into the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). This week, the Commission launched a stakeholder consultation to collect their opinions on the state of play and the way forward. In September the Commission will organise a high-level conference to discuss the outcome of this consultation with the sector. The Commission intends to present proposals by spring 2013.

For more information about the importance of ports for economic recovery and jobs, please click on the following link:

Speech delivered by Siim Kallas Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport: Steering a course for the future – Europe’s ports in the 21st century. Click on the following link to view this speech:

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