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ESPO Calls On The EU Member States To Take On Board And Reconsider Port Projects

ESPO calls on the EU Member States to take on board and reconsider port projects

Source: European Commission
Brussels, Belgium (PortSEurope) March 31, 2021 – The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has called on the European Union to use the Recovery and Resilience Facility to invest in ports, so they can support the block’s economic recovery. “Europe’s seaports are engines of growth and recovery. Ports are at the crossroads of transitions and can really be a partner in the green and digital recovery.
We consider that many port projects have the leverage to boost the needed transitions put forward in Europe’s recovery policy. We regret to hear that some Member States refuse to take these projects on board,” said ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost. ESPO said that “Europe’s ports hope that the European Commission is paying special attention to the following points in their assessment of the national plans: The alignment of the national recovery and resilience plan with the challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations;The adequate inclusion and consultation of regional and local authorities in the preparation of the national recovery and resilience plan.” The European Sea Ports Organisation or ESPO, founded in 1993, is the representative body of the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the member states of the European Union and of Norway.

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