By George Vaggelas
Following a first attempt (in 2007) to communicate the intentions of European Union on a European port policy, the European Commission moved forward, unveiling the main parts of a new European port policy up to 2030. After a long time of inertia regarding port industry issues, the European Union has been active the last 15 years towards the formation of a framework regarding port operational and policy issues. Back in 1997 European Union, in its first attempt to develop a regulatory framework for the port industry, published a Green Paper on ports and shipping infrastructures which later on concluded on a proposed directive on market access to the port industry. After two unsuccessful attempts to open the market access to the port industry (Port Package I and II), the European Union came up with a more integrated proposal regarding operational issues of the European port industry.
PortEconomics member George Vaggelas, in his article publised in the context of the 6th National Conference on Infrastructure and Ports, held in Ahmedabad, India, in 18 October 2014, discusses the axis that the new Port Policy will be based on and which will facilitate four broad goals.
You may freely download George’s article @Porteconomics.eu