European Port Policy

July 12th, 2017
European Port Policy

The Greek shipping community remains confident about the role of Greece as maritime center in the coming years and believes that its enhancement would strengthen their business - in spite of the the growing attractiveness of competing maritime centers, PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas collaborated with Ernest & Young in a study focusing on the 'repositioning Greece as a global maritime capital". The study, which was presented during a press conference held in Athens, Greece, includes a survey and...
April 12th, 2017
European Port Policy

The PORTOPIA project has entered its last year. This is a good time to make up a balance and to look into the future of the project. Therefore, we organised an interview with Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of ESPO, and Michael Dooms, the PORTOPIA project coordinator. 1. What are the main achievements of the PORTOPIA project so far? “Obviously a 4-year project with a large budget has many achievements to highlight,” starts Michael Dooms. “If I were to pick the main one,” he continues, “it would be the fact that we have...
March 27th, 2017
European Port Policy

Are port governance reforms embedded in specific institutional and economic domains? In their latest port study examining the recent renovation of port governance in Italy, PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta - along with Claudio Ferrari (University of Genoa), Alessio Tei (Newcastle University, UK) and Enrico Musso (University of Genoa) - challenge traditional models and proposed an alternative contextualization of governance schemes in local territorial contexts. The study analyzes institutional trajectories in...
March 23rd, 2017
European Port Policy

Compared with the port governance models and reforms endorsed in other countries, port governance in Greece has developed in many respects in a very unique way. Greece has departed from the initial choice to attempt the application of generic port governance models developed at international level opting for governance patterns that contradict the usual European model defined by the dominance of port concessions and publicly owned port authorities performing regulatory functions prototype. In a study included in a special volume...
March 17th, 2017
European Port Policy

In an article included in a special volume of the scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM), revisiting port governance and port reform around the globe,  PortEconomics members Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis are joined by Kevin Cullinane to recap port governance and policy developments in 25 countries. A wave of port reforms was observed around the globe in the 1990s and early 2000s. Although these port reforms were eclectic in both their objectives and the forms they took, they did share a common context...
December 30th, 2016
European Port Policy

PortEconomics is celebrating the ending of 2016 recapping the articles that have captured the interest of the visitors of our web initiative so far for 2016. Our most popular papers on Port Authorities in 2016 were: 1. Marketing strategies of port authorities PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Thanos Pallis along with Marcello Risitano & Marco Ferretti (University of Naples “Parthenope”), advance an innovative conceptualization of the marketing strategies developed by Port Authorities (PAs). The scholars frame a...
December 25th, 2016
European Port Policy

PortEconomics waves goodbye to 2016, with its co-director Theo Notteboom, summarising the nine 'take aways' of the year for European Ports By Theo Notteboom Take away 1.  Volume recovery please The year 2016 will go in history as another year of sluggish cargo volume growth. A few European ports present rather healthy growth figures, but the vast majority faces a very weak or even negative growth. In 2015, the cargo tonnage handled in the entire European port system was still 4.6% below the 2008 volumes. The first estimates for...
December 14th, 2016
European Port Policy

The European Parliament adopted today a report on the Regulation establishing a framework for the organisation of port services and financial transparency of ports presented by the rapporteur MEP Knut Fleckenstein. The port Regulation was approved the agreement reached in that respect with the Commission and Council last summer with 546 votes in favour, 140 against, 22 abstentions. This vote makes an end to the Port Package saga that started 15 years ago. The proposal was originally put forward in 2013 but stalled due to the European...
December 13th, 2016
European Port Policy

European ports policy update: On Monday, December 12th, the plenary session of the European Parliament discussed the report of MEP Knut Fleckenstein on the Port Regulation. The report follows extensive negotiations between the European Parliament and representatives of the European  Council and the Commission over a policy initiative that had been published by the European Commission in 2013. Last March, the European Parliament voted in favour of a revised EU Ports Services Regulation (PSR) aiming to make European ports more...
September 29th, 2016
European Port Policy

"A third of EU spending on facilities such as quays, docks and breakwaters at EU seaports between 2000 and 2013 was ineffective and unsustainable", according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The European Court of Auditors issued a report on port investments within the bloc, and its findings were rather disappointing. One euro in three spent on the projects examined (€194 million) went on projects which duplicated existing facilities nearby. €97 million was invested in infrastructure which was either unused or...
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