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Annual Conference of ESPO Sees Launch of New 'Trends in EU Ports’ Governance Report

2nd June 2022
At the European Sea Port Organisation conference was released their 2022 report on 'Trends In Ports' governance. At the European Sea Port Organisation conference was released their 2022 report on 'Trends In Ports' governance. Credit: ESPO Secretariat-twitter

On the first day of the European Sea Ports Organisation conference held in Valencia, Spain, the organisation today released their “Trends in EU Ports’ Governance 2022” report. 

Both the public role and commercial expectations are on the rise for European port managing bodies which is one of the key messages of the ESPO report.

The 2022 edition clearly demonstrates how Europe’s seaports nowadays cover a wider scope of activities and responsibilities than before. While there has been a clear move towards corporatisation for many years, the strategic role and public responsibilities have come to the forefront again: European ports were instrumental in guaranteeing supply of essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe’s ports are an important element to ensure the resilience and security of energy supply following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and they are central to Europe’s long-term energy transition.

In addition, the role of European port managing bodies has become more active in a more extensive port ecosystem. Beyond their traditional landlord function, many port managing bodies are active initiators, facilitators or even co-investors in areas such as digitalisation, circular economy and energy.

The 2022 report also highlights the trend of cooperation, either between ports, or with other stakeholders in the port ecosystem and beyond. The degree of cooperation varies from creating coalitions of the willing on a specific issue to full mergers.

Every five years, ESPO carries out an extensive Port Governance Fact Finding Survey.

More than 70 port managing bodies covering 20 Member States participated in the survey which forms the basis of the “Trends in Ports’ Governance 2022” report.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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