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ESPO calls for TEN-T to recognise changing role of ports

Brussels, Belgium (PortSEurope) September 10, 2019 – The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has called on the EU to modify its TEN-T policy to new market realities, challenges and requirements.

ESPO supports the EU’s Transport Infrastructure Policy, and adds that new circumstances mean that ports are more than links in maritime transport business, but are fundamental nodes linking global networks and modes.

Challenges include: environmental considerations, urbanisation and digitalisation.

The organisation said, “ESPO believes that seaports are more than a “component of maritime transport infrastructure”. The new TEN-T guidelines should be adapted to recognise the role many seaports are playing  as strategic multimodal nodes, nodes of energy and digital hubs on top of their classical role as components of maritime transport infrastructure. Their unique role makes each European port a strategic partner in responding to today’s main challenges of decarbonisation and digitalisation”.

ESPO also supports the role of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) in the TEN-T network, saying that TEN-T should consider maritime as well as land connections.

The full press release can be accessed here.

Source: ESPO

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