INTERNATIONAL EVENTS.Investing in the Port of Tomorrow


On 31 May and 1 June, the European port industry gathered in Rotterdam for the 15th edition of the ESPO annual conference with nearly 300 participants.

The major topic of the Conference was ‘Investing in the Port of Tomorrow’. The first conference day mainly focused on drivers of port investments, the ways of how port investments should be financed and the acceptance of port development and expansion. The second day of the conference was mainly dedicated to discussing the European transport infrastructure policy as it stands today, the experience with its implementation over the last three years, as well as the ways to improve this legislative framework and the financing tools during the forthcoming financial period 2021–2027. In between those debates, different key note speeches gave the audience food for thought and discussion on the geopolitical situation in and around Europe, the climate change and Brexit.
‘The conference clearly revealed that the investment requirements of European ports are enormous. It made also clear that on top of the constant need to invest in basic infrastructure, ports are really willing and ready to invest in projects that created added value in view of preparing for challenges as decarbonisation, sustainability and digitalisation. It showed the importance of ensuring that ports are planning the ‘right’ project. It also stressed the need to step up the share ports are receiving from the Connecting Europe Facility envelope to better reflect the important and complex role of ports and their investment pipeline,’ comments Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General ESPO.
During the conference ESPO prepared and presented the report on the infrastructure investment needs and financing challenges for European ports.

The 2019 ESPO conference will be hosted by the North Tyrrhenian Port Network System and will take place in Livorno on 23 and 24 May 2019.

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