European Port Policy

June 8th, 2015
European Port Policy

More than 1.000 stakeholders and experts on the Blue economy gathered in Athens on 28th and 29th of May to discuss the future of Blue growth. PortEconomics member Michaël Dooms was invited in a high-level panel to share his views on the general theme "Ports: innovation hubs of the Blue Economy" along with Mr. Rémi Mayet from the European Commission, DG MOVE, Antonio Revedin, Director Strategic Planning and Development of the Venice Port Authority, Mr. Adam Banaszak, Member of the Committee of the Regions, and mr. Petros Kokkalis, Council...
May 28th, 2015
European Port Policy

Port users perceptions of their experience in a given port, do matter and port performance measurement needs to take this into account argue Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas in their latest port study that was presented at the 5th International Symposium on Ship Operations, Management & Economics (SOME 2015) held in Athens, Greece, 28-29 May 2015. The port industry is experiencing an ongoing transformation due to changes in its internal and external envi-ronment. Nowadays the industry is characterized by fierce competition of...
April 27th, 2015
European Port Policy

Current heterogeneity in EU port regulation is having an impact on the competitiveness of ports. Port Authorities have to take into account a wide range of goals in order to manage the interactions with private operators responsible for port activities. Thus, some trade-offs emerge, as in some cases a revenue stream or a strategic objective for the Port Authority may imply a cost for the concessionaire. PortEconomics member Francesco Parola, along with Claudio Ferrari (University of Genova) and Alessio Tei (University of Genova), study how...
November 14th, 2014
European Port Policy

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,...
October 22nd, 2013
European Port Policy

 By Thanos Pallis PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis intervenes on the importance of the European Port Polcy review for national level port reforms in a viewpoint article published in the latest issue of the major Greek shipping magazine Naftika Chronika. In his editorial entitled "Ευropean Port Policy: An opportunity to save the (lost) honour of the Greek Port System" Thanos describes how the new regulation proposal of the European Commission, as well as specific initiatives referring to concessions, state aid issues in ports,...
June 21st, 2013
European Port Policy

A social dialogue committee in the port sector was launched by the European Commission and involves port authorities, terminal operators, dockers and other port workers across the EU. The Commission further intends to start a research project soon that will examine health and safety, training and qualification challenges in EU ports. Social partners will be involved in this project, while the research team wil include pariticipation of members of the PortEconomics team. An overall review of the social dialogue is planned for 2016, to assess...
May 24th, 2013
European Port Policy

European Commission made some key announcements on the upgrade of 300 ports in the European Union, progressing the European Ports Policy one step forward. "3.7 billion tonnes of cargo pass through Europe's ports each year. They are a vital gateway to the rest of the world. But port operations are complex – goods have to be loaded and unloaded, a pilot has to guide the ship into and out of the port. A mooring has to be found. And customs formalities have to be observed. And after all that, goods need to make their onward journey by rail or...
November 8th, 2012
European Port Policy

The regulatory challenges that the port sector faces was the theme of PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis presentation at the 1st European Maritime Transport Regulation Forum "Ports: How to Regulate Logistics Interfaces?" that was organised by the Florence School of Regulation, of the European University Institute in Florence. Thanos discussed seven different groups of (de)regulatory issues that modern ports face, and analysed the challenges and questions associated with each of these issues. During the 1st European Maritime...
September 26th, 2012
European Port Policy

PortEconomics followed the high-level Conference on European Ports Policy Review: "Unlocking the Growth Potential" (Brussels, 25-26 September 2012) and reports events, interventions, and all you want to know about the final second Conference day as unfolded:  Day-2: Wednesday 26 September 2012 Workshop on Port Performance and the Horizon 2020: PortEconomics co-directors Thanos Pallis and Theo Notteboom to offer their perspectives on the future of the European port policy, joined by Martijn van Dongen (Head of Business...
September 25th, 2012
European Port Policy

PortEconomics followed the high-level Conference on European Ports Policy Review: "Unlocking the Growth Potential" (Brussels, 25-26 September 2012) and reports events, interventions, and all you want to know about stakeholders views on the future of the European Port Poicy as happened: Day-1: Tuesday 25-September Opening (14h00): The high-level two days-Conference European Ports Policy Review: "Unlocking the Growth Potential" begins in Brussels (25-26 September 2012). More than 400 people are attending the event, representing...
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