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Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority joins European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

EFIP is delighted to welcome Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority as a new member.

The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority - a joint-stock company with the majority interest of the State Treasury, is responsible for two ports that are of primary significance for the Polish economy: the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście.

port szczecin bargeThe port complex of Szczecin-Świnoujście is one of the largest complexes in the Baltic area. The ports have access to a well-developed hinterland transport system, since they are part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TENT-T). They are connected with the European highway system by the A11 and A20 highways, and with southern Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia by the national road no 3 (E-65). Both ports have also favourable railway connections within Poland, as well as with Western and Southern Europe. As the only Polish sea ports, the accessibility to the inland shipping is an undeniable asset.

The specific location of the ports in Szczecin and Świnoujście makes them complementary to each other. Thanks to its location at the coast, Świnoujście doesn’t only provide highly effective ferry connections but also offers access for bigger vessels with draught up to 13,2 m. The port in Szczecin, located 68 km away from the sea, is accessible for vessels with draught up to 9,15 m. Situated much closer to consignees and consigners of the handled cargo, the port gives the opportunity to reach the land by the cheapest sea transport mode. In Świnoujście, the main activities take place in the terminal for dry bulk cargo and in the ferry terminal for connections to/from Sweden. Szczecin offers services both to general cargo (containers, steel products, forest products and heavy lifts) and to bulk cargo (dry and liquid). Both ports also offer services for agri-food products. The yearly turnover of the port complex amounts over 23 million tons.

For several years, the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority has been one of the largest investors utilising EU funding in the region. In 2007-2013, both ports implemented projects worth more than PLN 600 million, co-funded by the EU. The plans for 2014-2020 are even more ambitious: the Port Authority intends to carry out investments worth PLN 1.3 billion. Another PLN 2 billion is the amount of planned investments to improve the access to both ports, which will be carried out by other entities. All this will create a new quality in the handling of cargo and investors. The priority of investment activities is to improve the accessibility of the ports and the quality of services. For this purpose, new quays are built and existing ones are upgraded for handling larger vessels. Thanks to the development of port infrastructure in Szczecin, the main quays offering services to bulk and general cargo will have a depth of 12.5 m in the coming years. In Świnoujście, the depth will be 14,5m. In addition, the ferry terminal in Świnoujście will be adapted to better serve intermodal transport. There is also the idea of building deep-water quays in both ports, in order to meet the ever increasing requirements of the market.

Dariusz Słaboszewski, CEO of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, said: “The accessibility of the Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex - the only Polish seaports - to inland shipping, which is regarded by the European Union as the most environment friendly one, is an undeniable asset. Such access to the inland water system of Western Europe has a special meaning for the service to the German market. Barges used for transit transport passing through Szczecin and Świnoujście go to major economic centres in the region of Berlin and Brandenburg. We hope that as a member of EFIP we can better promote to huge potential of the shipping capacity of the Oder River which is going to be improved as well.”

EFIP President, Hans-Peter Hadorn, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority to EFIP as the first Polish member of our European Association on the Baltic-Adriatic corridor. EFIP represents the interests of nearly 200 (inland) ports and supports multi-modal connectivity of ports to the hinterland. Therefore, thanks to their strategic location at the mouth of the Oder River and their ambition to untap the potential of the Oder River, I believe EFIP is the perfect platform for them to connect to other ports facing or having faced similar challenges.”


EFIP Director Alexander van den Bosch said: “I am very pleased to welcome our first ever Polish member of strategic importance in the Baltic area. I am looking forward to close cooperation with the colleagues from the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority on European affairs and especially on discussing and designing EU’s new transport and corridor policies. I am convinced that, together with the expertise and participation of Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, we can promote on the EU-level the importance of strong and sustainable hinterland connectivity, multimodality and the potential of increased shipping capacity on the Oder River for the EU’s economy.”

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Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority
Bytomska 7 St., 70-603 Szczecin, Poland
Tel. +48 91 43 08 220
Fax: +48 91 46 23 412
Website: www.port.szczecin.pl
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Inland Waterways and ports open TEN-T days with innovation power


Press Release
Rotterdam, 20 June 2016

Today high-level representatives from the European Union and from the sector joined the VIP-event 'Inland navigation and ports in action' at the TEN-T days in Rotterdam.

On this occasion official delegations visited innovative pallet barges with cranes on board. Motivated and talented people are what makes the sector great and is what the future of the sector relies on. Therefore several future generation captains received their certificate to mark this memorable day.

2016.06.20 tent-t days bulc webCommissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport:”Inland navigation and ports can and have to play a much more prominent role than today. Together we need to create the conditions that bring more freight to the water.”


Dutch Minister of Transport, Melanie Schultz: ”The share of waterways in the carriage of goods in The Netherlands is more than 30%. We are world champion with that share and there is still a lot of potential on our European waterways.”


Patrick Renard, CEO of Knauf Belgium, a worldwide specialist in sustainable building materials: ”Inland shipping is the fastest grower after road transport, so let’s put it at the top of the political agenda. Multimodal waterway transport reduces external costs. Let’s use this cost advantage to boost inland shipping.”


The event was initiated by the four European organisations representing inland navigation and ports: European Barge Union, European Skippers Organisation, Inland Navigation Europe and the European Federation of Inland Ports. Together they underlined that inland navigation and ports are key assets for the future sustainable growth of the European economy.


Editorial note:
Theresia Hacksteiner (EBU) : +31 (0) 6 53336366
Alexander van den Bosch (EFIP): +32 (0) 471096394
Hester Duursema (ESO): +31 (0) 6 81952568
Karin De Schepper (INE): +32 (0) 477747037

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EU Transport sector campaign on the review of the MFF: More EU Budget for Transport, The Best Investment Plan for Europe

 

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Brussels, 10 June 2016

29 European transport organisations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, and users in the maritime, inland waterways, railways and air sector, are again joining efforts in a campaign to urge the European Parliament and the Council to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. This will allow to enhance the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and jobs, currently giving jobs to 20 million persons and accounting for 10% of total EU employment, and to represent the right move towards the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) completion, creating additional jobs and economic growth.

The CEF total budget was initially 31 billion euros (2,8% of the overall MFF) but the sector is left with 2 billion euro until 2020. CEF calls experienced a massive oversubscription of three times the amount proposed and, for this reason, a high number of high-quality projects in the transport sector were rejected due to insufficient EU budget. Moreover, economic pressures have put a significant strain on national budgets, leading to a historic low level of public investments. EU economy cannot afford not completing TEN-T: non-completion of TEN-T will cause around 3.2 billion EUR GDP loss and 11 million job-years not created. This is an unbearable risk for current and future growth and jobs.

With this campaign, the European transport sector is not just asking for money, but is asking for the necessary means to make the TEN-T network, a smart and well thought transport infrastructure plan for Europe, a reality. There is not a moment to lose if one wants to preserve and boost the competitiveness of European economy.

Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General, stated: “Looking at the port sector, it is clear that ports are making their best efforts to take advantage of the financial instruments offered by the Juncker Plan (EFSI). We will continue to do so. But, one should also understand that many port projects with a strong societal return on investment and a high added value in terms of achieving Europe’s energy and climate goals, face important financial gaps and are not bankable. For these projects, CEF grants remain a vital ingredient to complete the TEN-T network. In that respect, the 2 billion euro’s left until 2020 will not make it possibility to deliver Europe’s transport infrastructure plan.”

Alexander Van den Bosch, EFIP Director, stated: “One of the defining characteristics of the TEN-T policy is that it is to be multi-modal and this clearly requires an adequate integration of inland ports to ensure smooth transhipment of goods from one mode of transport to another. This can only happen if crucial high-quality projects, with a clear EU added value, are approved for funding. This has not always been the case in the past because of limited EU budget. We hope that the review of the MFF will improve the status of the art.”

The leaflet of the transport campaign for the review of the MFF is available here.

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The Port Authority of Osijek joins European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

Press Release
Brussels, 11 May 2016

EFIP is delighted to welcome the Port Authority of Osijek as a new member.

The Port Authority of Osijek is a public non-profit legal institution established under the Act on the Inland Ports in 2001. The Port of Osijek is located on the river Drava in the city of Osijek, administrative centre of Osijek-Baranja County. It is located in the non-urbanized eastern part of the City of Osijek and about 5 km from the city centre. Total area of the existing port area is 150 ha with the coastline 3,5 km, and it is very good connected by rail and road with hinterland and only 8,5 km far from the airport.

The Port Authority of Osijek plans the further development of the Port of Osijek by conducting the following projects:

  • Construction of the bulk cargo terminal – quay length 240 meters, covering area 4 ha. The project is in a high development phase and is planned to be co-financed under the European Cohesion fund.
  • Construction and reconstruction of the south quay – quay length 890 m, covering area 20 ha;
  • Construction of intermodal infrastructure in the western part of Port of Osijek – quay length 2200 m, covering area 92 ha.

Darko Takalić, Managing Director of the Port Authority of Osijek, said: “As EFIP is promoter of inland ports and is acting as the unique voice of inland ports in Europe, the Port Authority of Osijek is honoured to become an EFIP member and is looking forward to a constructive cooperation with other members of this organization.”

EFIP President, Hans-Peter Hadorn, said: “We very much welcome the membership of the Port Authority of Osijek because the Danube and its strategic are key areas of attention. The port authority is strategically located on the right bank of the river Drave tributary of the River Danube. Besides it forms an important cross-point for transportation towards central Europe and Eastward to the Black sea.”

EFIP Director Alexander van den Bosch said: “I am really looking forward to working with the Port Authority of Osijek at the EU-level. I believe their expertise and involvement will strengthen our position and focus on the further integrated and sustainable development of the Danube corridor.”


Background information on EFIP:
The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 17 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994, EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports.

EFIP actively follows all developments in the field of EU policy of importance to inland ports and represents the inland ports vis-à-vis the European institutions and other international bodies. EFIP offers its members the possibility to exchange information, expertise and best practices with colleagues in other countries.

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EFIP members meet in Vukovar: Inland Ports’ crucial role in untapping potential of the River Danube

Press release
Brussels, 13 April 2016


2016.04.13 efip exco vukovar flagOn 7-8 April, EFIP members gathered in Vukovar (Croatia) for their Executive Committee meeting, hosted by the Port Authority of Vukovar. Ports discussed a number of (political) issues that are currently on the Brussels agenda. The main important topics were: the new state aid rules (GBER) and the impact on inland ports, the good navigation status and the role of inland ports to improve navigability and the creation of a Digital Single Market for Inland Waterway transport. Ports serve as multi-modal hubs were other modes of transport join and they could therefore play a crucial role in the creation of a Digital Inland Waterway Area (DINA) and Digital Multimodal Nodes (DMN). During the meeting, it was also stressed how important it is to obtain reliable data, statistics on inland ports and inland waterways. 

During the second part of the interactive open session entitled “unlocking the potential of the River Danube”, keynote speakers Jozo Radoš, Member of the European Parliament (Croatian, ALDE-Group), Petar Margić, Director-General of the Danube Commission and Zrinko Zvocak, Managing Director of the Croatian Agency for Inland Waterways reflected on the key challenges for the Danube and the role of inland ports.

Special attention was paid to the 137,5 km long part of the Danube River in Croatia and the new Sava-Danube canal. The joining of the Sava and the Danube is a revival of an idea that goes back to the year 1737 according to MEP Mr. Rados. The canal with a length of 61 kilometers is expected to create through irrigation an extra 30.000 hectares of agriculture land, new forestry and “is one of the most important projects of the Croatian Government for the years to come and will extend the TEN-T network to the Western Balkans”, said Mr. Rados. Mr. Rados also pointed out that “the Sava-Danube canal is not only good for agriculture, tourism and inland ports but also enhances the political cooperation with non-EU members like Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.”

Mr. Margic underlined that the good navigable condition on the Danube is a pre-requisite. He highlighted the role of the Danube Commission and its responsibility to maintain the fairway. In addition, he stressed that there are three barriers for unlocking the full potential of the Danube: lack of investments (closing down of steel factories along the Danube); the many infrastructural bottlenecks (e.g. 56 only in Hungary) and the lack of political will as local authorities from each country are responsible for their own stretch of the river. According to Mr. Margic, the Danube-Saba canal will give a positive boost and will be good for irrigation and navigation as well.

Mr. Zvocak stated that there are currently no major infrastructure projects in Croatia as most of them were done in the 19th century. He underlined the importance of the Sava-Danube channel project as it can provide an extra economic impulse to the area only when new ports on the channel are created. A project of strategic importance as the region is facing the problem of young people leaving the country. In addition, the Regional Development Agency stated that the project would employ about 3000 people in the first place.

CEO of the Port Authority of Vukovar, Božana Matos said: “This meeting confirmed to us that the coming period will be used to further promote the Danube-Saba channel project in a strategic way on an international, European and national level.”

Mr. Hans-Peter Hadorn, President of EFIP, underlined that “the Danube remains high on the priority list of EFIP and it will continue to support the Danube and its strategic links”.

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Picture caption: Božana Matos (CEO Port Authority of Vukovar, first row third from left)
welcomed European Inland Ports and keynote speakers on 7-8 April.

 

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TEN-T Days 2016: registrations are now open (Rotterdam, 20-22 June)

The Commission has opened today the online registrations for the TEN-T Days that will take place in Rotterdam from 20 to 22 June. Registrations are open until 10 June here: http://www.tentdays.eu/2016/

The Conference
This yearly high-level meeting on EU infrastructure policy – the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) and the Connecting Europe facility (CEF) – will gather several key players in the transport sector: EU Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the TEN-T Coordinators, the European Investment Bank, Ministers from Europe's neighbouring countries and the whole TEN-T stakeholders community including project promoters and private investors.

Inland Ports Suggested Sessions

  • Danube Ministerial meeting and Danube Declaration Signature (20 June, 12.00-13.00): on invitation only
  • Inland Navigation Workshop: Good Navigation Status (20 June, 9.30-10.30): on invitation only
  • EFSI Speed Dating with the Coordinators (21 June afternoon, 22 June morning): on invitation only
  • Core Network meetings (21 June afternoon, 22 June morning): open sessions
  • Inland waterways and ports: key to sustainable multi-modal transport (22 June, 09.30 – 11.30): open session
  • Digital inland waterway area and digital multi-modal nodes (22 June, 11.30 – 13.00): on invitation only

The Exhibition
The TEN-T Days Exhibition will feature an indoor showcase of over 100 different TEN-T, CEF, H2020 and Shift-to-Rail projects and initiatives, all contributing to European transport research and infrastructure. Participation in the exhibition is limited to beneficiaries of EU funds. Participants who are managing a project falling under this category and would like to participate, should contact Francesco Falco ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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Commissioner Bulc receives recommendations to reap the connecting power of inland ports

Inland Ports hand over recommendations for boosting multimodality to European Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

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On 25 February 2016, Hans-Peter Hadorn, President of the European Federation of Inland Ports and representing the members of the Platform for Multimodality and Logistics in Inland Ports (the Platform) handed over the final results of the study on Multimodality and Logistics in Inland Ports to the Commissioner.

Within the period of November 2014 to August 2015 the Platform brought together major stakeholders and experts from inland ports, logistics and transportation companies, operators, as well as shippers. The Platform defined the role that inland ports shall play in and integrated multimodal logistics chain, as drivers of economic growth with the objective of identifying barriers, good practices and providing policy recommendations in order to reap the full potential of inland ports.

The final report of these findings contain a key recommendation that with the right incentives inland ports can play a decisive role in the development of a high-performance, sustainable and efficient interconnected trans-European network in fields as diverse as energy, telecommunications and transport. With a stronger positioning in the Core Network Corridor development, land use planning and digital solutions, inland ports become the connectors to bundle cargo flows as much as possible and help decarbonising transport. A common agreement was reached to make fully use of the recommendations and to gather concrete best practices from ports in order to secure the follow-up of the Platform.

Picture caption: Hans-Peter Hadorn (EFIP President), Commissioner Violeta Bulc (Commissioner for Transport), Alexander van den Bosch (EFIP Director).

 

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EFIP members meet in Antwerp: Inland Ports key to multi-modal challenges, Serbian Inland Ports to join EFIP

Press Release
Brussels, 1 December 2015

 

Inland Ports key to multi-modal logistics

img 9602On 27 November, EFIP members gathered in Antwerp for their General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by the Port of Antwerp and coincided with the Inland Terminals Conference. During the interactive open session, keynote speaker Wim van de Camp (Netherlands, EPP), Rapporteur on the Implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport, reflected on future transport challenges and the position of inland ports.

In his presentation entitled “Inland ports in the heart of EU’s logistical value chains- the multimodal hubs”, Van de Camp (picture) stated that the modal shift of transport from road and air to water has failed drastically and that the market share for inland waterways has remained largely stable for 20 years at 6.5 per cent. According to Van de Camp: “We should stop making the less sustainable sectors of road and air transport more expensive and start making waterways and rail transport more financially attractive by investing in infrastructure. An integrated approach towards multi-modality is needed; inland ports as hubs where modalities meet have a strong role to play and are important drivers to make this a reality.”




Serbian Group for Ports and Wharfs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Infrastructure joins European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

During this General Assembly, EFIP members also welcomed the Serbian Group of Ports and Warfs as new EFIP observer member. As a landlocked country with no coastline, Serbia has recognized the importance of developing river ports and optimizing IWT on the Danube, Sava and Tisa, through the Strategy of Inland Water Transport From 2015 to 2025. The strategic planning of the Republic of Serbia adopted recommendations to work on more intensive promotion and establishment of new links with other European countries through connecting ports and terminals.

Sanja Djurišič, CEO of the Port Dunav Pančevo and President of the Group for Port and Wharfs of the CCIS said: “We strongly believe that Serbian ports in EFIP will significantly contribute to improve cross-border cooperation with EU and non-EU members, exchange of knowledge and experiences and lead to strengthened ties between European ports along the Danube corridor. We hope that the cooperation will lead to an increase volume of goods transported by IWT, beneficial for the regional economy as a whole."

EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn said: “We are delighted to welcome the Serbian Group for Ports and Wharfs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Infrastructure. The Serbian ports are located on Europe’s secondlongest river, the Danube, which is a major transport axis from east to west and one of the TEN-T corridors. I believe EFIP is the right platform to strenghten the inland ports corridor network.”

EFIP Director Alexander van den Bosch said: “I very much welcome the Serbian ports and I am very happy they will be part of the EFIP family. This reflects the truly pan-European nature of EFIP and it underlines that transport doesn’t stop at EU-borders. I am convinced their involvement and expertise will be very helpful when discussing and designing EU’s new transport and corridor policies.


Background information on EFIP:
The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 19 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Ukraine and Serbia. Since 1994, EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports.

EFIP actively follows all developments in the field of EU policy of importance to inland ports and represents the inland ports vis-à-vis the European institutions and other international bodies. EFIP offers its members the possibility to exchange information, expertise and best practices with colleagues in other countries. For more information, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Registrations open for the 2015 CEF Transport Info Day

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Brussels, 3 November 2015

The 2015 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport Info Day will take place on 30 November 2015 in Brussels (Charlemagne building - Rue de la Loi 170, B-1000). The event will address the priorities of the 2015 CEF Transport Calls, which will be published soon. Registrations are only possible through INEA's website, with a submission deadline date on Wednesday 25 November 2015. However, it is strongly suggested to register as soon as possible due to the limited capacity of the conference rooms. EFIP will participate to the event.


There will be a session dedicated to “Motorways of the Sea” and “Multimodal logistics platforms” (11.00-12.30, De Gasperi Room) whereas “ports and inland waterways” in cohesion countries will be dealt in the afternoon session (15:30-16:30). The draft agenda can be found here.
The event will be webstreamed. The link will be published 24 hours before the beginning of the event.

 

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Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company joins European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

Press Release
Brussels, 9 September 2015


Since 1 September, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) is a new member of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP).

20150909 port lom 3Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) manages the port infrastructure of the public transport ports of national importance. The object of activity and status of BPI Co. are regulated by Maritime Spaces, Inland Waterways and Ports of the Republic of Bulgaria. BPI Co. has four territorial and three specialized divisions in Burgas, Varna, Lom (picture) and Ruse.

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries in the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994, EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe.

“As newly associated member of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) is ready to join its voice to the wide-spread network of inland ports of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Furthermore we express our hopes that the membership will fully contribute to strengthening and expanding the role of inland ports as real intermodal nodal points”, said Anguel Zabourtov, Director General of BPI Co.

EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn said: “We are delighted to welcome the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company into our association. Bulgarian inland ports are important for EFIP as they are strategically positioned on the cross-point between East-West, North-South. We are looking forward to an active and fruitful cooperation with the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company at the EU-level.”

EFIP Director Alexander van den Bosch said: “I very much welcome the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company at EFIP. I am really looking forward to working with them at the EU-level and believe their involvement and expertise will strengthen our strategic position in Europe.”


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Position paper of the European Sea Ports Organisation and the European Federation of Inland Ports on the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats directives

Open position
Brussels, 10 July 2015

ESPO and EFIP fully recognise the crucial contribution of Nature legislation in achieving the EU biodiversity goals and commitments. ESPO and EFIP acknowledge the Birds and Habitats directives to be the cornerstone of European nature conservation legislation with significant and positive contribution over time in nature protection in Europe. The undersigned organisations have had over time a very constructive contribution to the discussion on the implementation of the nature directives.

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Alexander van den Bosch to Become New EFIP Director


Press Release
Brussels, 30 June 2015

fto vandenboschAlexander van den Bosch has been appointed as the new Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP). He succeeds Kathrin Obst, who took on a position at the European Commission, DG MOVE in April.

Alexander van den Bosch (picture) has been working for more than thirteen years in EU policy-making and advocacy in Brussels. Over the last six years, Mr van den Bosch has worked as EU representative for the Province of Zuid-Holland (NL), a strong transport region. In that capacity, he has also been involved in the setting-up of the European network CLINSH (Clean Inland Shipping).

Before that, he was representing the Urban Network Brabantstad in Brussels, after having served for three years as policy advisor in the European Parliament. He studied at the Dutch Institute for Public administration (Thorbecke Academy), at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and at the College of Europe in Bruges. Alexander is Dutch, is fluent in English and French, and speaks good German and some Polish.

“We are very much welcoming Alexander van den Bosch as our new Director”, says EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn, “Alexander has a solid basis in EU policy-making and advocacy. Moreover, since he has been representing over the last years a region in which ports, both sea- and inland ports, and inland waterways play an important role, I am sure he has seen what inland ports can bring to a region. This is why I believe he is very well-placed to show the added value of inland ports as multi modal nodes, linking the sea ports with the hinterland and vice versa”.

“It is a great honour for me to be on board of EFIP and to make the voice of inland ports heard in Brussels. Every inland port in Europe is gifted and, as multimodal nodes of transport in the hinterland, they take a crucial position in solving today’s and tomorrow’s economic and environmental challenges of Europe’s transport sector. My experience in the Region will be very useful and I am really looking forward to learning, working and acting together not only with the different inland ports all over Europe and ESPO, but also with the involved actors and EU institutions in Brussels.”, says Alexander van den Bosch.

Alexander van den Bosch will be working at the EFIP Secretariat, which is based in Brussels and has a joint office with the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). He will take up his new position on 1 September.

 

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Ports call on the Commission and the EIB to consider the huge need for and the added value of port investments


Press Release
Brussels, 22 June 2015


On the occasion of the TEN-T days in Riga and at the eve of the Parliament vote on the Juncker plan, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) call on the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to give priority to transport and especially port projects, when assessing the investment projects.

Europe’s sea and inland ports have a prominent place in the newly developed TEN-T network: around 550 ports are part of the TEN-T network, more than 100 are recognized as core seaports, while almost 80 are core inland ports. Moreover, seaports are the entry and exit gate to the nine multimodal corridors. Many inland ports are strategic multimodal nodes in the hinterland network, linking inland waterways with all other modes of transport.

To fully play their role in Europe’s transport Infrastructure plan, huge investments are needed for port infrastructure and infrastructure linking the ports with the corridors. Out of the 700 projects submitted under the last TEN-T call, 100 concern the port sector.
Different factors explain the need for new and upgraded transport and port infrastructure:

  • International freight volumes are expected to grow fourfold by 2050 ;
  • The volumes in ports are more and more clustered as a consequence of the increasing size of vessels: this implies adaptations of port and hinterland infrastructure;
  • The conversion to alternative fuels obliging ports to invest in adequate infrastructure;
  • Ports are important nodes and suppliers of energy: the changing energy landscape will imply huge investments in and around ports;
  • New environmental obligations;
  • Finding adequate financing for transport infrastructure becomes more difficult in a context of national budget constraints.

Based on the final reports of the nine corridors, there is already more than 40 billion EUR needed to realize the sea port infrastructure projects only.
It is clear that the remaining CEF envelope will not be able at all to address the needs identified, certainly not now that the grant envelope has been reduced by 2.2 billion as a result of the transfer to the Juncker plan.

As for the Juncker plan, ESPO and EFIP are concerned that the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) may not take into consideration the important infrastructure investments that the port sector needs. In fact, the EFSI will not follow the TEN-T priorities for funding of transport infrastructure and the prioritisation as defined in the Corridor approach.

For these reasons, ESPO and EFIP ask the Commission, the EIB and the Member States to consider ports as enablers of growth in all economic sectors, when implementing the Juncker plan. Moreover, they ask the Commission, Parliament and Council to consider an increase of the financial envelope reserved for the TEN-T when reviewing the Multiannual Financial Framework.



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Director - European Federation of Inland Ports 

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The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) is the official voice of more than 200 inland ports in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of European inland ports in the European Union to the European institutions.

EFIP actively follows all developments in EU policy and defends the common interests of its members to European policy makers. EFIP constitutes an important information network for and about inland ports. Last but not least, EFIP aims at increasing the visibility of inland ports within the European transport, political and business environment.

Since 2009, EFIP has been sharing a joint office with the European Sea Ports Organisation. The EFIP office consists of a Director and two part-time assistants. www.inlandports.eu

Applications with full curriculum vitae and picture should be sent by 3 April 2015 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the reference “EFIP-Director” in the subject line.

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Associations warn against risks of shifting CEF money to EFSI

EFIP co-signed a statement with thirteen other associations of transport stakeholders in view of this week’s Transport Council meeting in order to voice its concern with regard to the Commission proposal for a Regulation on a European Fund for Strategic Investments and its possible negative consequences for the budget already allocated to the Connecting Europe Facility.

 

Press release
Brussels, 11 March 2015

Associations warn against risks of shifting CEF money to EFSI

In view of this week’s Transport Council and the debate it will hold on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey and transport policy’s contribution to EU Competitiveness, growth and jobs, the undersigned associations wish to address the EU Transport Ministers to voice their concerns on the way the Union is tackling transport infrastructure financing and development.

Our associations would like to underline the importance of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to fund projects along the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). CEF and TEN-T are the tools of an ambitious and at the same time realistic infrastructure policy, which will contribute to achieving a better-connected Union, fostering the development of the solid transport network European industry needs in order to thrive.

We welcome the Commission’s ambition to attract more private investment to the transport sector, but are concerned that an over-optimistic attitude towards the deliverables of the soon-to-be-established European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) can be to the detriment of many infrastructure projects which are currently eligible for CEF funding but which would probably not be able to attract investment under EFSI.

The reallocation of a huge portion of the CEF budget (18.1% of the CEF transport grants budget in non-cohesion countries) as EFSI credit guarantee will put at risk many projects that have been identified as priorities of the TEN-T network.

As explained in the Interim Report by Mr Christophersen and Professors Bodewig and Secchi, the opportunities offered by the Investment Plan have a clear potential to benefit transport infrastructure projects where traffic is dense, on a relatively short segment, and highly predictable.

However, many port, rail and inland waterway projects present very different features. And yet they are necessary to build an efficient and interconnected, sustainable EU-wide transport network. Public grants will therefore remain of vital importance.

In order to make transport infrastructure projects more attractive to private investors, the Christophersen-Bodewig-Secchi report in many cases suggests blending financial instruments and grants, i.e. funding the riskier or non-revenue generating parts of a project through grants to make the rest of the project more profitable for private investors.

The European transport sector requires indeed to use such blending of financial instruments and sufficiently attractive CEF grants. But this kind of construction is obviously only possible if the CEF grants budget still has sufficient means. Of the EUR 26.4bn originally foreseen for transport in the 2014-2020 financial period, EUR 12bn has already been spent through the 2014 CEF call.

For the sound development of the European transport sector, we hereby call upon all Transport Ministries to reflect on ways to avoid cuts to the CEF budget, as well as to formulate and submit to the attention of the Spring European Council alternative solutions for providing EFSI with an adequate credit guarantee.

 

The signatories: The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Barge Union (EBU), The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), EIM, the association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers, ERFA - European Rail Freight Association, The European Shippers’ Council (ESC), The European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), FEPORT, Inland Navigation Europe (INE), UIP – International Union of Wagon Keepers, the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) and UNIFE.

 

 

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Open letter on the COmmission proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Fund for Strategic Investments.

 


A group of transport stakeholder associations, including Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA ), the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and the European Sea Ports Association (ESPO), have written an open letter to the European institutions highlighting concerns over current budget proposals regarding transport infrastructure.
The letter was addressed to members of the European Commission, European Parliament, and the European Council’s Working Party on Land Transport and Ad-hoc Working Party on European Funding for Strategic Investment.

The full text of the letter is as follows:

 

Brussels, 11 February 2015

The undersigned stakeholder associations highlight the important need for investment in transport infrastructure. In the TEN-T Guidelines, the European Parliament and Member States have agreed on a policy that is to guide decisions as to which transport projects should receive funding as a matter of priority. According to the 2011 Transport White Paper, more than EUR 1.5 trillion will be needed in the period 2010-2030 to develop transport infrastructure to match demand (1). Therefore, we strongly welcome the initiative of “An investment Plan for Europe” and are ready to support all efforts towards a renewed European economic boost through investments in key infrastructure projects.

Nonetheless, we would like to draw attention to three major concerns we have regarding the current proposal:

  • The EFSI budget will drastically limit the CEF envelope for grants.
  • Investments under EFSI will not follow the TEN-T priorities for funding of transport infrastructure and the prioritization as defined in the Corridor approach.
  • The money transferred to the EFSI is not ring-fenced for transport investments.


Of the EUR 8 bn that are to be taken out of the EU budget for the new guarantee fund, EUR 2.7 bn are to come from the transport envelope of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), in particular from the headings “Removing bottlenecks, enhancing rail interoperability, bridging missing links and improving cross-border sections”, “Ensuring sustainable and efficient transport systems” and “Optimising the integration and interconnection of transport modes and enhancing interoperability”. This means that the overall sum available for grant funding of transport projects (in non-cohesion countries) is cut by more than 18% by the EFSI proposal. The existing CEF envelopes for financial instruments and transport investments in cohesion countries remain untouched.

 

Impact of the EFSI regulation on the CEF financial envelope in figures (in euro billions)

 

Before EFSI

After EFSI

Reduction in EUR

%

Transport - non-cohesion funds

14,945

12,245

- 2,700

- 18,10 %

Transport - cohesion funds

11,305

11,305

0,00

0,00 %

Energy

5,850

5,350

- 0,500

- 8,50 %

ICT

1,142

1,042

- 0,1

- 8,8 %

CEF total

33,242

29,942

- 3,300

- 9,9 %

 

The TEN-T Guidelines defined a stringent methodology for the eligibility and priorities of transport infrastructure. During the past year, the Commission, member states and infrastructure managers have jointly worked on corridor work plans that are to identify the priority projects with the highest European added value that should thus be the first recipients of EU funding. However, under the EFSI, any European transport project independent of location and mode of transport can receive funding. This shifts the logic away from the carefully chosen transport priorities of the CEF and TEN-T.

Therefore, the reallocation of financial resources from the CEF budget to the EFSI is much more than an attempt to attract new private resources to projects of European economic and social added value. It is, rather, a policy change that must be assessed thoroughly: other projects will be promoted instead of the ones which were identified as a priority by CEF, at the same time cutting the EU spending capacity for grants to projects of the TEN-T network.

Moreover, the EFSI does not ring-fence money for any particular type of investments. Different sectors ranging from energy, to education and health will be competing for financing. The money transferred from the CEF could thus end up being absorbed by other sectors if these are better able to present mature projects with clear revenue streams.

We therefore ask the decision makers in the EU institutions to take into account the concerns of the undersigned, and to ensure that the money dedicated to transport infrastructure in the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Connecting Europe Facility continues to serve the transport objectives defined in the TEN-T Guidelines. 

 

 (1) The completion of the TEN-T network requires about € 550 billion until 2020 out of which some €215 billion can be referred to the removal of the main bottlenecks (Transport White Paper 2011, page 14).

 

The signatories:

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The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) brings together more than 70 European railway undertakings and infrastructure companies. CER represents the interests of its members towards the European institutions as well as other policy makers and transport actors. CER’s main focus is promoting the strengthening of rail as essential to the creation of a sustainable transport system which is efficient, effective and environmentally sound. For more information, see www.cer.be.
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The European Barge Union (EBU) represents the majority of the inland navigation freight and passenger carrying industry in Europe. Its members are the national associations of barge owners and barge operators as well as international associations in the field of inland navigation and related areas.

EBU’s main objective is to represent the interests of the inland shipping industry and Rivers-See shipping industry at a Pan-European level and to contribute to the development of a sustainable and efficient Pan-European transport system. “

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The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994, EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports as multi-modal hubs. For more information, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.inlandports.eu.

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EIM, the association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers, was established in 2002 to promote the interests and views of the independent infrastructure managers in Europe, following liberalisation of the railway market. It also provides technical expertise to the appropriate European bodies such as the European Railway Agency. EIM’s primary goal is promoting growth of rail traffic and the development of an open sustainable, efficient, customer orientated rail network in Europe.

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ERFA - European Rail Freight Association - represents new entrants, i.e. all those operators who want open access and fair market conditions, and sustains their role of pushing forward the development of a competitive and innovative railway market. In 2015, ERFA represents 34 members from 16 countries across Europe.

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The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) represents the freight transport interests (by all modes of transport) of business in Europe (manufacturers, retailers or wholesalers).

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The European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO) looks after the interests of the private inland shipping entrepreneurs on European level. The Council of ESO is composed of representatives and entrepreneurs of Belgian, Dutch, French, German and Polish IWT branch organisations.

Over the years, ESO has occupied itself in the interest of the independent entrepreneurs on various matters, such as market observation and regulation, fleet renewal, waterway bottlenecks, promotion, crew regulation, training and certification, accommodation, environment and emissions, River Information Services, etc.

ESO - since 1975 - participates in many working and advisory groups of CCNR and EC.

 

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Since 1993, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and Norway. ESPO has also observer members in several neighbouring countries to the EU. ESPO ensures that seaports have a clear voice in the European Union. The organisation promotes the common interests of its members throughout Europe and is also engaged in dialogue with European stakeholders in the Port and Maritime sector.  For more information, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.espo.be, Twitter: @ESPOSecretariat

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Founded in 1993, FEPORT represents the interests of large, multinational terminal operators and stevedoring companies performing operations and carrying out activities in the seaports of the European Union. FEPORT’s aim is to promote the interests of its members and to maintain constant dialogue with all EU institutional and non-institutional stakeholders.

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Inland Navigation Europe (INE) is the European platform of national & regional waterway managers and promotion bureaux. Neutral and without commercial interests, INE sees major opportunities to contribute to sustainable transportation by moving more goods by water in EU regions and cities with accessible and navigable rivers and canals.

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Founded in 1950, the UIP – International Union of Wagon Keepers, with its seat in Brussels, is the umbrella association of national associations from fourteen European countries, thus representing more than 250 keepers with approximately 180.000 freight wagons, performing 50 % of the rail freight tonne-Kilometres throughout Europe.  The UIP represents the members’ concerns at international level.  By means of research, lobbying and focused cooperation with all stakeholders and organisations interested in rail freight transportation, the UIP wants to secure on the long term the future of rail freight transport.

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Founded in 1970, the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) represents the interests of European road-rail Combined Transport Operators and Transhipment Terminal Managers.  Road-Rail Combined Transport (CT) is a system of freight forwarding which is based on efficiently and economically inserting electric rail into long-distance (road) transport-chains through the use of intermodal loading units (ILU).

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UNIFE is the association representing the European rail manufacturing and supply industry at the EU and international level and gathers 80 member companies involved in the engineering, design, manufacture, and maintenance of rail transport systems, subsystems and related equipment. UNIFE also brings together 15 national rail industry associations of European countries.

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EFIP Director Kathrin Obst joining the European Commission (DG Move)

Brussels, 20.01.2015

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EFIP Director Kathrin Obst will be leaving EFIP in March to take up a new position with the EU’s civil service. Kathrin will be joining the European Commission, DG Move, to work on rail policy. “She provided an excellent job in promoting the key role of inland ports of connecting transport modes and developing multimodal logistics”, the President of EFIP, Hans-Peter Hadorn, said. EFIP is very grateful to Kathrin Obst for her efficient work and wish her a successful continuation of her career in the world of transport.

The succession planning for the future EFIP Director is underway. Informations concerning the job-profile may be obtained by the following email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The transport priorities of the Latvian Presidency

Brussels, 12.01.2015

On 1 January, Latvia took over the six-months rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Italy. Latvia will focus on three priorities during its Presidency: 1) facilitation of EU competiveness as a key to economic growth and jobs; 2) full exploitation of the digital potential of the European economy; 3) reinforcing the role of the European Union in the world. In addition, the Latvian Presidency wishes to ensure that the Council contributes to the implementation of the European Council's five-year Strategic Agenda in the areas of protection of citizens, an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy, and a Union of freedom, security and justice.

According to the Latvian Presidency’s programme, The EU’s inland waterway transport sector is an important catalyst for the future development of the EU internal market and a more sustainable and effective transport network. In the next six months, the Presidency will start working on the revised proposal laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels.

As regards land transport, strengthening the European railway network will be a distinctive part of the Presidency. Progress on the Fourth Railway Package is instrumental for the development of the single EU transport area, which contributes to a more competitive and modern public transport infrastructure across the EU. The Presidency will continue the discussions on all parts of the package. The Presidency will work to finalise negotiations with the European Parliament on the technical pillar based on substantial progress that has been achieved during previous presidencies. In order to achieve further progress on the remaining elements of the package, discussions started by the Italian Presidency will be continued.

The Presidency will also formalise the agreement reached on the weights and dimensions proposal.

In order to highlight the importance of TEN-T, the Presidency will initiate ministerial discussions focusing on the development, implementation and financing of the TEN-T transport network infrastructure. This will be also an opportunity to look at the practical implementation of the Investment plan for Europe in the field of transport.

Finally, maritime transport is and will be an important long-term contributor to Europe’s economy and the quality of life of the European people. The Presidency will strive to secure the right international environment for maritime transport and intends to promote all the initiatives facilitating growth and enhancing competitive European shipping. As regards the ports sector, once the European Parliament has adopted its first reading position, the Presidency may seek further progress on the Commission’s proposal to establish a framework for market access to port services and the financial transparency of ports.

The next Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) will take place in March (5-13) and June (8-11).


The full programme of the Latvian Presidency can be consulted here: https://eu2015.lv/images/PRES_prog_2015_EN-final.pdf

The official website of the Latvian Presidency is: http://eu2015.lv/

 

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Port Authority Vukovar joins European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

Brussels, 16.12.2014


The Port Authority Vukovar in Croatia will become a member of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) as of 1 January 2015.

The port of Vukovar is located on 1335rkm right bank of the Danube and is identified as a TEN-T core network port on the Rhine-Danube corridor. Its navigability class provides access 365 days a year to all types of vessels. Direct vicinity of the Croatian road corridor Vc and the rail-road corridor X reflect the significance of the port for the region.20141216 vukovar

Within the port area, which encompasses 26 ha of space, port activities are carried out by four concessionaires that provide transhipment of all kinds of commodities including liquid and dry bulk, general cargo and heavy cargo. Besides transhipment services, port operators in the port of Vukovar also provide warehousing services offering 3000 m2 capacity of closed warehouse, 12000 m3 of warehouse for liquid cargo and 48.000 t of silo capacity for grain.

In 2007, the Port Authority Vukovar initiated a project of reconstruction and modernization called Port of Vukovar-New Port East. Project preparation including main design was supported by the EU within the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance Programme (IPA) 2007-2013 and encompasses documentation for:

  • Reconstruction of existing and construction of new vertical bank along a total length of 455 m
  • Reconstruction and construction of new port rail track system
  • Reconstruction and construction of new open and closed warehouses
  • Reconstruction and construction of new port roads

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in now 18 countries in the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994, EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe.

Božana Matoš, Managing Director of the Port Authority Vukovar said: “Port Authority Vukovar is honoured to become a member of European Federation of Inland Ports and we hope to be a worthy partner of this respected organization.”

EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn said: “We are delighted to welcome the Port Authority Vukovar into our association and to see the latest EU enlargement reflected in our membership. The Danube is one of our key areas of attention and we look forward to an active cooperation and fruitful exchanges with the Port Authority Vukovar.”

 

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Transport ministers pledge to implement Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its Tributaries – Sector asks for swift action

Brussels, 04.12.2014


During a meeting in the margins of the EU Transport Council, Ministers of the Danube Riparian States yesterday endorsed the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its Navigable Tributaries and pledged to implement it as soon as possible. The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), Inland Navigation Europe (INE), the European Barge Union (EBU), the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO), Pro Danube International (PDI) and the Maritime Ports Administration Constanţa welcome this commitment and urge for its swift implementation.

The current lack of fairway maintenance on the Danube is a pressing issue for the inland waterway sector and the industry using it. The failure to maintain the Danube and its navigable tributaries threatens the safe and cost-efficient navigability of the river with disastrous consequences for the barge and port sector and affected client industries. Moreover, unreliable infrastructure conditions deter potential customers from transporting their goods by inland waterway in the first place. Providing quality infrastructure and legal certainty will kick-start private investment in innovative and cost-effective services with positive effects for economic development in Europe.

The Master Plan was developed in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). It identifies critical maintenance locations which currently limit the navigability of the Danube and analyses the underlying issues and the financial needs required to resolve them.

Ministers agreed to establish national roadmaps which identify individual actions, responsibilities, funding resources and intermediate milestones for the implementation of these measures and to communicate these roadmaps by 30 June 2015 to the relevant coordinating bodies. They further confirmed their intention to allocate the necessary national budgets as referred to in the Master Plan and stressed the importance of making use of EU co-financing opportunities.

The Conclusions were signed by Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia and Ukraine. The undersigning associations regret that Hungary and Serbia did not yet sign the Conclusions, but welcome the positive attitude towards the activity expressed by both countries.

 

Background:
The Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its Navigable Tributaries was developed in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). It concludes that additional investments of about 85 Mio EUR would be sufficient to reach recommended levels of service, i.e. 2.50 m fairway depth at low navigable water level along the majority of Danube sections (2.0 m for the German section Straubing-Vilshofen). Additional annual operational costs would amount to about 8 Mio EUR. Compared to the magnitude of many other transport infrastructure projects, this is a rather modest sum. The European Commission has also signaled its willingness to offer support through EU co-funding.

The majority of investments are needed for dredging equipment, fairway marking and riverbed surveying. Investments are to be carried out in full compliance with EU environmental legislation, thus ensuring respect for biodiversity and integrated water management.

Undersigning organisations:
The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 17 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994 EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports as multimodal hubs.

Inland Navigation Europe (INE) is the European platform of national & regional waterway managers and promotion bureaux, established in 2000 with the support of the European Commission. INE sees major opportunities to contribute to long-term strategies for sustainable transportation by moving more goods by water in EU regions and cities with accessible and navigable rivers and canals. INE is a neutral platform without commercial interests.

The European Barge Union (EBU) represents the majority of the inland navigation industry in Europe. Its members are the national associations of barge owners and barge operators of meanwhile 9 leading European inland navigation countries. EBU’s main objective is to represent the interests of the inland shipping industry at a European and international level and to contribute to the development of a sustainable and efficient European transport system.

European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO) is the voice of the European private inland shipping entrepreneurs in Belgium, Germany, France, Poland and The Netherlands since 1975.

Pro Danube International (PDI) acts as network of private businesses vis-à-vis policy makers, media and general public to promote better infrastructure and services which result in a more intensive use of the environmentally friendly inland waterway. Pro Danube International defines and carries out policy actions as well as projects to achieve this goal.

The National Company ”Maritime Ports Administration” SA Constanţa (MPA SA Constanţa) is a joint stock company subordinated to the Ministry of Transport, being assigned to develop activities of national public interest in its capacity of port administration. MPA SA Constanţa fulfils the administrative function for Constanţa, Midia, Mangalia maritime ports and the Tomis marina.

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Less than 100 Million Euro needed to make the Danube navigable efficiently year round!

Brussels, 03.11.2014

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), Inland Navigation Europe (INE), the European Barge Union (EBU), the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO), Pro Danube International (PDI) and the Maritime Port of Constanţa urge riparian states to implement better fairway maintenance and ensure navigation reliability on the Danube.

At a meeting of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in Vukovar on 28 and 29 October 2014, the Priority Area 1a – inland waterways presented a Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its Navigable Tributaries which concludes that additional investments of about 85 Mio EUR would be sufficient to reach recommended levels of service, i.e. 2.50 m fairway depth at low navigable water level along the majority of Danube sections (2.0 m for the German section Straubing-Vilshofen). Additional annual operational costs would amount to about 8 Mio EUR. Compared to the magnitude of many other transport infrastructure projects, this is a rather modest sum. The European Commission has also signaled its willingness to offer support through EU co-funding.

The undersigning organisations therefore urge the Danube riparian states to endorse the master plan and to ensure its swift implementation! 

The current lack of fairway maintenance on the Danube resulting in unreliable navigation is a pressing issue for the inland waterway sector and the industry using it. The failure of some countries to honour their commitment to maintain the Danube threatens the safe and cost-efficient navigability of the river with disastrous consequences for the sector and affected industry. For example, a push-boat with four barges costs its owner about EUR 3300 a day in fixed costs. This money is lost each day the boat cannot operate due to low water levels. More importantly, in the medium term, unreliable infrastructure conditions deter potential customers from transporting their goods by inland waterway in the first place.

The new master plan identifies critical maintenance locations which currently limit the navigability of the Danube and analyses the underlying issues and the financial needs required to resolve them. The majority of investments are needed for dredging equipment, fairway marking and riverbed surveying. Investments are to be carried out in full compliance with EU environmental legislation, thus ensuring respect for biodiversity and integrated water management. 

The provision of quality infrastructure and legal certainty by the public sector will kick-start private investment in innovative and cost-effective services with positive effects for economic development in Europe. The competitive edge of some of Europe’s key industries (steel, agro, oil & minerals, aggregates) on the global market heavily depends on cost-effective inbound and outbound shipments of raw materials by inland waterways.


Undersigning organisations:
The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 17 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994 EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports.

Inland Navigation Europe (INE) is the European platform of national & regional waterway managers and promotion bureaux, established in 2000 with the support of the European Commission. INE sees major opportunities to contribute to long-term strategies for sustainable transportation by moving more goods by water in EU regions and cities with accessible and navigable rivers and canals. INE is a neutral platform without commercial interests.
The European Barge Union (EBU) represents the majority of the inland navigation industry in Europe. Its members are the national associations of barge owners and barge operators of meanwhile 9 leading European inland navigation countries. EBU’s main objective is to represent the interests of the inland shipping industry at a European and international level and to contribute to the development of a sustainable and efficient European transport system. 

European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO) is the voice of the European private inland shipping entrepreneurs in Belgium, Germany, France, Poland and The Netherlands since 1975.

Pro Danube International (PDI) acts as network of private businesses vis-à-vis policy makers, media and general public to promote better infrastructure and services which result in a more intensive use of the environmentally friendly inland waterway. Pro Danube International defines and carries out policy actions to achieve this goal.
The National Company ”Maritime Ports Administration” SA Constanţa (MPA SA Constanţa) is a joint stock company subordinated to the Ministry of Transport, being assigned to develop activities of national public interest in its capacity of port administration. MPA SA Constanţa fulfils the port authority function for Constanţa, Midia, Mangalia maritime ports and the Tomis marina.

 

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Brussels, 02.10.2014

Inland Ports’ association EFIP celebrates 20th anniversary and launches new logo


The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) celebrated its 20th anniversary on 1 October 2014 with a reception in the Salle des Glaces of the Parliament of the Region of Brussels. The event, which was organised in cooperation with the Port of Brussels, attracted more than 150 guests from all over Europe, including representatives of the European Institutions, Member States and River Commissions, Port Directors, and other transport stakeholders. 

The association used this occasion to unveil its new logo. Combining elements of rail, road and barge traffic, the new logo puts a spotlight on the multimodal nature of inland ports’ activities. The colours blue and green reflect the sector’s strong link with the water as well as its commitment to contribute to an environmentally sustainable transport system.
During the evening, guests also had the opportunity to view an exhibition entitled “Floating Ideas”, in which EFIP presents innovative projects in inland ports from three thematic areas: Innovative Logistics, Protecting the Environment and Positive Port – City Relations. The exhibition highlights the diversity of activities in inland ports and illustrates the commitment of the sector to innovate and develop solutions that benefit society.

EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn, who had been elected earlier in the day, said: “As multimodal hubs, inland ports bring together inland waterway transport, rail and road as well as the industries that settle in ports to benefit from the multitude of convenient transport options. This allows us to bundle cargo flows and shift them onto the sustainable modes of transport inland waterway and rail, which is efficient and green. Inland ports are therefore a key element for the successful development of the TEN-T corridors.”

Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels Capital Region, said: « In Brussels we are very well aware of the challenges every inland port has to deal with. Therefore, not only the role of the port in the field of transport, but also the area surrounding the Canal gets special attention in the regional policy declaration of my government. That is the reason why a Canal Plan has been conceived. This plan aims to implement a strategy, an action plan that allows for a harmonious coexistence of housing, facilities and urban economy. To me the canal zone symbolizes the renewal of Brussels. »

Michael Cramer, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism said: “I congratulate EFIP for 20 years of commitment to making inland ports genuine intermodal hubs. The European Parliament is convinced that inland navigation can only realise its full potential as a sustainable means of transport with efficient ports. If efficiency and sustainability are combined, inland ports have a bright future.”

Representing the European Commission, Olivier Onidi, Director for the European Mobility Network in DG Move said: “EFIP has a longstanding record of providing substantial contributions to the promotion of inland ports as key facilitators for bringing about the performing multimodal network Europe needs for its prosperity and global competitiveness. I congratulate EFIP with its twentieth anniversary and look forward to continuing the close dialogue between the Commission and EFIP in the future.”

 

Background information:
During its General Assembly on 1 October, the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) elected Hans-Peter Hadorn, the CEO of Port of Switzerland (Basel) as its new President. He succeeds Jean-Louis Jérôme, Director of the Port of Strasbourg, who had held the presidency since 2012.

Born in 1958, Mr Hadorn has a background in political economics and business economics. From 1995 to 2005, he worked for the Swiss Federal Railway company SBB, first as Head of Safety and Security and later as Head of International Production, Head of Strategic Planning and Executive Board Member of SBB Cargo.
Since 2005, Hans-Peter Hadorn has been at the Head of the Port of Basel, which merged with other neighbouring ports in 2008 to form Port of Switzerland.
Mr Hadorn is a Swiss Commissioner at the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR).
The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 17 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. Since 1994 EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports.

EFIP actively follows all developments in the field of EU policy of importance to inland ports and represents the inland ports vis-à-vis the European institutions and other international bodies. EFIP offers its members the possibility to exchange information, expertise and best practices with colleagues in other countries.

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Brussels, 01.10.2014

 

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Inland Ports elect Hans-Peter Hadorn as new EFIP President

 

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) has elected Hans-Peter Hadorn, the CEO of Port of Switzerland (Basel) as its new President. He succeeds Jean-Louis Jérôme, Director of the Port of Strasbourg, who had held the presidency since 2012.

 

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Brussels, 08.07.2014

Inland ports welcome the new TRAN Committee and ask for MEPs’ support on key sector issues

On 7 July the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament came together for its constituent meeting. The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) welcomes MEPs to the new Transport Committee and congratulates the chair and vice chairs on their election. EFIP hopes that deputies will offer their support for the key issues that concern inland ports:

 

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Rhine Commission upgrades the LNG information platform

Brussels, 23.06.2014

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) has updated its LNG information platform with new functions to become the most comprehensive information platform on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas as alternative fuel in inland and Wadden Sea navigation. The LNG portal is accessible at www.inland-navigation.org/observatory/innovation-technologies/lng/

An interactive map displays all currently operative and planned LNG infrastructures and vessels in Europe. Additionally, a calendar announces upcoming LNG events in the sector. These new functions will make it easier for stakeholders to identify potential partners and synergies. With one single click, it is now possible to view the overall state of progress in the implementation of LNG technology.

The LNG information platform is an initiative of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine in partnership with Nationaal LNG Platform, LNG-Initiative Nordwest and MariTIM by MARIKO GmbH, TaskForce LNG Noord-Nederland/Energy Valley as well as LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube coordinators Pro Danube Management GmbH and Port of Rotterdam Authority. The extended platform is also one of the CCNR’s first achievements in implementing its “VISION 2018 for sustainable inland navigation” adopted at the end of last year (www.vision2018.org).

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Council backs sustainable modes of transport and rejects cross-border circulation of megatrucks

Brussels, 05.06.2014

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) welcomes today’s decision of transport ministers not to allow the cross-border circulation of so-called megatrucks. Beside their heavy impact on infrastructure, several studies come to the conclusion that these vehicles could generate important modal shift from the more sustainable modes of transport to road. The Commission aims to shift 30% of long distance freight transport above 300km to rail and inland waterways by 2030. An extended use of megatrucks would make it more difficult to achieve this goal and would be in contradiction to several other EU policies supporting sustainable transport.

 

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EFIP and five transport organisations requires streamline procedures

Brussels, 19.05.2014

As part of the ongoing modernisation of state aid policy, the Commission launched a stakeholder consultation on a Draft Communication on State aid to promote Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI). The aim of the IPCEI is provide guidance to Member States on how to support transnational projects which are of strategic dimension for the EU and for the realisation of the Europe 2020 objectives.

The undersigning associations in the transport sector, ASECAP, CER, EFIP, EIM, ESPO, IRU , welcome this initiative and would like to use this opportunity to draw the attention of the Commission to the specific issue of state aid in the context of TEN-T projects.

The Trans-European Transport Network aims to strengthen the social, economic and territorial cohesion of the Union. It contributes to the creation of a single European Transport Area which is to be efficient and sustainable, thereby increasing the benefits for its users and supporting inclusive growth.

TEN-T projects typically benefit from EU-funding with a maximum co-financing rate of about 20-30%. The remaining part of the project funding has to be covered through other means. These are often public resources. The evaluation of the EU funding and national financing is done in different ways. Whereas the European Commission considers EU funding fully compatible with the Treaty, it may consider national financing as state aid, which has to be separately notified to the Commission and which can potentially be incompatible with the Treaty.

This approach creates significant legal uncertainty for the investors, as well as the double administrative burden of the TEN-T application and the state aid notification, which can result in important delays of a project.

Therefore, we, undersigning associations in the transport sector, ASECAP, CER, EFIP, EIM, ESPO, IRU recognise that the European Commission must assess the funding applications in terms of their conformity with the Treaty, but would ask to better streamline procedures within the European Commission in such a way as to ensure that the compatibility of all elements of the funding of a project with EU law can be assessed during the general TEN-T application process. A positive TEN-T funding decision should entail the legal certainty that the possible use of state aid for the same project will not be too easily challenged at a later stage.

The undersigning associations in the transport sector, ASECAP, CER, EFIP, EIM, ESPO, IRU call the European Commission to adapt the draft communication on IPCEI to take into consideration the requested streamlining of the process within the Commission with the aim of ensuring the legal certainty of approved TEN-T projects.

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Inland Ports discuss European issues on the Danube

Bratislava, 28.03.2014

Inland Ports came together today in Bratislava for the Executive Committee meeting of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP).

Ports discussed a number of political issues that are currently on the Brussels agenda. The new Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Policy remains one of the main points of interest. A defining characteristic of the new TEN-T policy is its focus on multi-modality. This fits the needs of inland ports, which are multi-modal by their very nature. For the first time dedicated funding will now be set aside for the development of multi-modal platforms and their connections. Inland ports see this is an important opportunity..

During the open session, Petar Margić, Director General of the Danube Commission, gave some insight into the current priorities of the Danube Commission. In particular the lack of fairway maintenance on the Danube is a pressing issue for the inland ports. The failure of some countries to honour their commitment to maintain the Danube threatens the safe and cost-efficient navigability of the river with disastrous consequences for the sector and affected industry.

The EFIP meeting was hosted by Verejné Pristavy, the Public Port Authority governing the Ports of Bratislava, Komárno and Štúrovo. In the afternoon, participants had the opportunity to get an understanding of the planned infrastructure projects of the port during a boat tour. Those projects concern the modernisation of port infrastructure, namely:

  1. Modernisation of infrastructure in the cargo port BA and completion of binding elements in cargo port and passanger port BA (utilities);
  2. Modernisation and completion of port quays and paved areas in the cargo port BA.
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EFIP President Jean-Louis Jérôme said: „The European Commission now considers inland ports as key nodes for trans-European transport. This was the first stage. EFIP and the ports will now have some hard work to do to transfer this good will into projects."

Jozef Moravčík, CEO of Verejné prístavy, a.s. said: „It was a good experience to host this meeting. We are grateful for the support of EFIP for our infrastructure projects."

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Sea and Inlandports congratulate the new TEN-T coordinators on their appointment 

Brussels, 12.03.2014

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) congratulate the new TEN-T coordinators on their appointment to this challenging position. The two associations look forward to a close and fruitful dialogue between ports and the coordinators and hope that these will recognise the importance of sea and inland ports as an integral part of the multi-modal TEN-T corridors.

Today, the European Commission appointed European coordinators for each of the nine core network corridors of the trans-European transport network (or TEN-T), as well as for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and for Motorways of the Sea. The coordinators will be responsible for coordinating priority transport projects and reporting back to the Commission. The new coordinators will now enter into contact with Member States authorities and ministers to discuss the framework for cooperation and implementation of their mandates. The following coordinators were appointed:

  • Pavel Telička (North Sea–Baltic corridor),
  • Pat Cox (Scandinavian–Mediterranean corridor),
  • Carlo Secchi (Atlantic Corridor),
  • Péter Balázs (North Sea–Mediterranean corridor),
  • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (Mediterranean corridor),
  • Karel Vinck (ERTMS),
  • Karla Peijs (Rhine–Danube corridor),
  • Former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana de Palacio will be responsible for the Rhine–Alpine corridor,
  • Former German Minister for Transport Kurt Bodewig takes on the Baltic–Adriatic corridor,
  • MEP Brian Simpson (Motorways of the Sea) and
  • MEP Mathieu Grosch (Orient/East–Med corridor) 

ESPO Chairman Santiago Garcia-Milà said: “Sea ports have a crucial role to play in the new TEN-T network: They are the main providers of cargo and the main entry gates to the European Union and facilitators of short sea shipping. It is therefore important to consult ports and to listen to their needs when developing the corridors.”
EFIP Director Kathrin Obst said: “Inland ports are the multi-modal connecting points of the new sustainable TEN-T Network. In this context we very much welcome the fact that the European Commission is, for the first time, putting a specific focus on multi-modality by making available funding for the development of multi-modal logistics platforms and their connections.”
The TEN-T Guidelines and the Connecting Europe Facility offer a number of opportunities for the ports. It is important that the ports themselves make the most of this opportunity to take part in the development of the TEN-T network. To further enhance this, however, some remaining aspects still need to be clarified. This is in particular the case for Motorways of the Sea and for the support to sustainable freight transport services that is outlined in Article 32 of the TEN-T Guidelines. Funding in the magnitude of €150-200m is to be made available for sustainable freight transport services, but it is still unclear what type of activities will be eligible under this heading. The predecessor of this instrument, the Marco Polo Programme, was heavily criticised for distorting competition between transport operators. Similar problems could be avoided in future by focussing the funding on infrastructure investments rather than transport services.

Background:
In 2013 the European Union adopted new Guidelines for the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) and an accompanying financial instrument, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). These policies set the new framework for EU funding for transport infrastructure. The TEN-T Guidelines establish nine multi-modal core network corridors, where infrastructure projects are to be implemented as a priority. The new approach requires a stronger coordination between actors along a given corridor, including infrastructure managers from different modes of transport.
On 7 January 2014 the Commission published a Communication entitled ‘Building the Transport Core Network: Core Network Corridors and Connecting Europe Facility’. In the document, the Commission provides information on the potential budget and instruments available under the future framework. The Communication is available http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2013/EN/1-2013-940-EN-F1-1.Pdf.

The Work Programme, which will be the basis for the CEF calls in 2014, was adopted by Member States on 5 March 2014.

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Seaports and Inland ports discuss common infrastructure needs 

Brussels, 21.01.2014

Today, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) organised a joint seminar on EU funding for transport projects.

Interest in the seminar was lively, with participants coming from ports and inland ports located on eight TEN-T core network corridors in nine different EU Member States.

The workshop gave sea and inland ports the opportunity to exchange views and expertise with colleague ports located along the same TEN-T core network corridor or with colleagues planning thematically similar projects. The idea behind the seminar is to facilitate the co-operation between sea and inland ports on a given corridor and to help those ports that would like to set up joint infrastructure projects to find suitable partners.

During the morning session, participants discussed the financial instruments that provide support to transport projects, such as the Connecting Europe Facility and the Cohesion Fund with experts from the European Commission and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

EFIP Director Kathrin Obst said: “Inland ports have a crucial role to play in the new sustainable, multi-modal TEN-T Network. The EU aims to shift road freight over long distances to more sustainable modes of transport such as rail or inland waterways. This shift can only happen if trans-shipment of goods is relatively uncomplicated. This is why inland ports are so important: They ensure the multi-modality of the TEN-T network. Today’s meeting shows that the inland ports are ready to be an active part of the new TEN-T corridor structures and that they are interested in using the new EU funding opportunities.”

Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General said: "Today's workshop was a first step towards helping our members to participate in this new TEN-T framework and to ensure that our ports are not just a dot on the TEN-T maps. The Commission invited ports today to be proactive in the implementation of the TEN-T. ESPO will work in this direction, ensuring that port projects are included in the corridor plans and receive proper funding and that seaports are integrated in the management of the corridors. Given the interest of our members, other workshops will follow. The recently created ESPO TEN-T project desk will support members in making the most of the opportunities available."

Also today, ESPO and EFIP launched an inventory of infrastructure projects needed by the core ports and inland ports in the period 2014-2020. The two associations will collect information from members on the infrastructure investment needs of their ports. The idea is to gain an overview of the magnitude and type of projects required, which could provide an orientation for the Commission in the development of the corridor work plans.

Background
In 2013 the European Union revised its cohesion policy and adopted new Guidelines for the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) and an accompanying financial instrument, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). These policies set the new framework for EU funding for transport

infrastructure. The TEN-T Guidelines establish nine multi-modal core network corridors, where infrastructure projects are to be implemented as a priority. The new approach requires a stronger coordination between actors along a given corridor, including infrastructure managers from different modes of transport. On 7 January 2014 the Commission published a Communication entitled ‘Building the Transport Core Network: Core Network Corridors and Connecting Europe Facility’, which clarifies the future steps of the implementation of the Core Network.

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EFIP welcomes vote on Alternative fuels

Brussels, 26.11.2013

Today, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament voted on the proposal for a Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure. EFIP welcomes the outcome of the vote with regard to the deployment of a sufficient network of LNG refuelling points in the core TEN-T inland ports. The proposal will facilitate the uptake of LNG while taking into account the actual market needs and existing bunkering points. The TRAN Committee also calls on the Commission to propose an amendment of Directive 2006/87/EC concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN) in order to allow normal use and transportation of LNG on inland waterways.

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Response of the European Federation of Inland Ports to the Commission Communication “Towards Quality Inland Waterway Transport - Naiades II”


Brussels, 21.11.2013

The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes the Commission Communication “Towards Quality Inland Waterway Transport – NAIADES II” that is to create the conditions for inland waterway transport to be well-governed, efficient, safe, integrated into the intermodal chain, with quality jobs occupied by a skilled workforce and adhering to high environmental standards.


The European inland ports fully subscribe to the general aim of the European Commission’s inland waterway policy. Given the potential inland waterway transport has in terms of sustainability and safety and given the growing congestion problem all other modes of transport face, it is time to stop the decline in modal share of inland waterway transport. Moreover, it is time to wake up the inland waterway transport industry that its leading position as sustainable transport mode could be jeopardized if they do not invest in innovation and in the further greening of the sector.

The European Federation of Inland Ports gives it full support to an integrated vision of inland waterway transport, both in terms of content and in terms of budget.

Contentwise, it is clear that inland waterway transport must be integrated into the comodal transport chain. An efficient inland waterway transport policy must therefore go hand in hand with a policy highlighting and supporting the role of inland ports as multimodal connecting points.

The financing of an inland waterway transport policy through the Connecting Europe Facility (infrastructure) and the Horizon 2020 (innovation) budgets must prevent that inland navigation is seen as an isolated mode of transport both in terms of infrastructure and operation. It is however important that within this multimodal approach the potential and the specificity of inland waterway transport is fully recognised. EFIP hopes that the projects dedicated and the budget spent to inland waterway transport and inland ports will rise in the period 2014-2020 compared to 2007-2013 and that IWT and inland ports will be awarded a fair percentage of the overall budget.

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Inland Ports look forward to this week’s plenary votes on the EU budget


Brussels, 18.11.2013

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) looks forward to this week’s plenary votes on the Multi-annual Financial Framework and the accompanying implementing financial programmes in the European Parliament. Inland ports, in particular, hope that they will benefit from:

  • the Connecting Europe Facility, which provides €23.17 billion to implement priority projects of the Trans-European Transport Network,
  • the Cohesion Fund, which provides funding for transport infrastructure in the less developed countries of the European Union, including for smaller or less central projects, which may not be eligible for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility
  • and from Horizon 2020, which will fund research and development in important areas for the sector, such as the development of greener vessels, training simulators for inland navigation, innovative urban transport solutions and new logistics concepts.


EFIP Director Kathrin Obst said: “This week’s vote on the financial programmes is a first step towards realising the EU’s vision of a sustainable integrated European infrastructure network. The crucial task is now implementation. We look forward to working closely with our members and with the EU institutions to make the best use of the available funds to improve the infrastructure of inland ports and to make them key players in tomorrow’s sustainable multi-modal transport network. In this context, we also look forward to playing an active role in the new governance structure of the core network corridors that is to be set up in the framework of the Trans-European Transport Network Policy.”

Explanatory Note:
In the week starting from 18 November the European Parliament will vote in Plenary on agreements reached in negotiations with the Commission and Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2014-2020 and several implementing policies, such as the Trans-European Transport Network Policy, Connecting Europe Facility, Cohesion Fund and the research programme Horizon 2020. The Council has yet to formally approve the European Parliament’s position in the following weeks.


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Kathrin Obst to Become New EFIP Director


Brussels, 19.09.2013
EFIP appointed Kathrin Obst as the new Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP). Ms Obst succeeds Isabelle Ryckbost, who took on the position of Secretary General at the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) this summer.

kathrin obstKathrin Obst comes with a solid background in EU policy making and transport. She worked  for three years as a Senior Policy Adviser for the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), where she became familiar with EU structures and decision making procedures. By working for CER, she also developed an in depth knowledge of Europe’s transport policy and a good network of contacts in the transport and railway sector. Before joining CER, Kathrin worked in both the Commission and the Council of the EU. Her working experience combined with her education (an M.A. and B.A. course in European Studies at the University of Osnabrück (Germany) makes her an ideal candidate for the job.

"I very much welcome Kathrin on board", said EFIP President Jean-Louis Jérôme, " Kathrin Obst comes with a solid experience in EU public affairs, transport policy and brings an in depth knowledge of railways and railway policy. Even if inland ports are mainly characterised by their link to inland waterway transport, they are more and more developing into multimodal nodes in the hinterland. The rail experience of Ms Obst will be a real asset for our organisation. I am sure that EFIP will be again in good hands”.

“I am very happy to be joining EFIP” says Kathrin Obst. “Waterborne transport, much like rail, is sustainable and will need to grow and develop in the coming years if the environmental challenges of the transport sector are to be met. I am looking forward to working with EFIP and our interlocutors in the European institutions on this exciting challenge.”

Besides her mother tongues German and English, Kathrin is also fluent in French and has basic knowledge in Italian and Turkish.

Kathrin Obst will take up her new function on 1 November 2013. 

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European inland ports back the Commission’s strategy to support LNG but considers it too early to set up binding LNG refuelling schemes for inland ports


Brussels, 14.08.2013
On 24 January the European Commission published its Clean Fuel Strategy. The aim of this strategy is to address the remaining barriers preventing the real breakthrough of alternative fuels. As part of this strategy, the Commission obliges all TEN-T core inland ports to have a publicly accessible LNG refuelling point for inland waterway transport  by 2025 at the latest. The Commission proposal is also obliging all ports to install shore side electricity supply for waterborne vessels provided that it is cost-effective and has environmental benefits.

The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes a European Policy that is stimulating the use of LNG as alternative fuel for inland shipping and the use of shore side electricity in inland ports. EFIP stresses in that respect that inland waterway transport has every reason to endorse such a strategy since it can help the IWT sector in maintaining and further developing its green image. European inland ports also acknowledge that the lack of adequate bunker facilities for LNG can indeed be considered as one of the obstacles to an effective breakthrough of this alternative fuel.

But EFIP is also formulating some critical comments to the binding provisions in the Commission proposal.

EFIP’s Director Isabelle Ryckbost explains: “We fully endorse a European policy that is giving its support to the deployment of LNG as alternative fuel in inland navigation. We also hope that the LNG financial support schemes that are launched under the latest TEN-T calls will be repeated in the framework of the forthcoming TEN-T policy. But we believe we should not anticipate the results of studies that are in the pipeline and which precisely aim at defining what the needs are in terms of refuelling points and what the feasibility is of the different options. Moreover it is clear that a strict scheme of refuelling points can not be imposed on inland ports as long as, based on the current legislation, LNG can neither be used as alternative fuel nor be transported as cargo in inland waterway transport. Lifting this ban is probably the most urgent policy measure to take. As concerns the places for refuelling points, we would therefore favour, at this stage, a more pragmatic approach”.

The European Federation of Inland Ports makes the following observations in its position paper:

- LNG can become an important alternative fuel for inland navigation, but it seems premature to put forward LNG as thé alternative. Other alternative fuels might be considered in the near future: hydrogen, biofuels (3rd and 4th generation) and electricity (especially for small barges). In that respect, it seems right to stimulate the breakthrough of LNG, as long as it does not exclude the breakthrough of other good alternatives.
- So far it is in principle forbidden to use LNG as fuel in inland shipping. The few vessels in use on the Rhine have been granted an exemption as pilot projects. Moreover the transport of LNG as cargo by inland waterways is currently also forbidden. This bans are probably the first and most urgent barriers to the breakthrough of LNG in inland navigation. Adapting the existing EU regulations (Directive 2006/87/EG and the ADN) that currently do not allow shipping fuels with flashpoints lower than 55°C (the flashpoint of LNG is around -181°C) and do not allow LNG to be transported by inland waterways seems in that respect a first priority. It is not possible to convince barge owners to use LNG and to oblige ports to invest in LNG refuelling points, if the use of LNG is currently only possible on the basis of temporary and case-by-case exemptions to the current EU rules.
- LNG being qualified as a “dangerous substance”, one will have to explore the impact on the existing port installations and activities in a given port.
Ports that are currently not handling hazardous cargo and are not designed to handle such a cargo, may have problems to reserve a dedicated space for LNG fuelling operations (distance to other installations, special mooring places,…). Moreover inland ports are often situated in or near urban areas. In these urban areas it might be, for safety reasons, even more difficult to organise an LNG refuelling point.
- It is not clear at this stage what the market needs are, what the needs are in terms of bunkering facilities for LNG and what the economic feasibility is of having a bunkering facility in your port. Different studies are currently being developed to precisely examine the needs in view of establishing an adequate network of bunkering facilities.

The European Federation of Inland Ports is therefore pleading for:

- A review of the directive 2006/87/EG and the ADN (The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways) in view of allowing the use of LNG as fuel for inland shipping and as cargo of inland waterway transport. The obligation foreseen in article 6 of the proposal should therefore clearly be linked to the successful review of these regulations.
- A more pragmatic approach when it comes to imposing refuelling points in inland ports. EFIP proposes to oblige all core TEN-T inland ports to have a refuelling point at least within a certain radius (to be defined) of the port rather than in each core TEN-T port. Such a more pragmatic approach would allow neighbouring ports to agree on which one will provide a refuelling point. This decision can be made in a more coordinated way taking into account the current functions of the port (is there already a dedicated zone for dangerous cargo?) and the geographical situation (which of the neighbouring ports is not laying into a dense urban area?).
- A long-term vision on how the introduction and further development of LNG will be supported in the framework of the new TEN-T policy. The latest TEN-T calls foresee quite some financial support for the development of LNG in inland waterway transport and the related investments in ports. It is important that this support policy is equally being maintained in the new TEN-T policy framework.

EFIP furthermore supports the balanced approach chosen for shore-side electricity supply installations in ports. It states that using shore side electricity only proves to have an added value when the barges are staying a longer period in the port. For short stays (just loading, unloading) it does not seem so interesting. Moreover, cargo inland barges only need a limited amount of power when they are in the port. On the contrary, for passenger ships, which do make long stops in the ports and which need a lot of power, the use of shore side electricity is interesting and should be stimulated. This issue is currently being examined in the framework of the EU-Interreg NW project “Connecting Citizen Ports 21” (CCP 21).

Finally EFIP fully supports the Commission’s intention to develop technical specifications for the LNG refuelling points and shore side electricity supply.
The interoperability of refuelling points is a very important point. Moreover EFIP believes that one should also aim at developing LNG refuelling points that can serve at the same time road transport and barges.
As concerns the technical specifications for shore side supply, EFIP believes there are already quite some best practices available (ex. in the Netherlands). EFIP hopes these best practices will be taken into account when developing these specifications.

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EFIP is Looking for a New Director (M/F)

Brussels, 21.06.2013

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), the official voice of more than 200 inland ports in 19 EU countries, Moldova, Switzerland and Ukraine is looking for a new Director.

EFIP highlights and promotes the role of European inland ports in the European Union and towards the European institutions. The organisation actively follows all developments in EU policy and defends the common interests of its members towards European policy makers. It aims at increasing the visibility of inland ports towards the European transport, political and business environment.

The new Director will replace Isabelle Ryckbost who has been recruited by the European Sea Ports Organisation to succeed Patrick Verhoeven as Secretary General. Mrs Ryckbost will take up her new function on 1 August.

The main responsibilities of the new EFIP Director will entail:

  • Monitoring the EU policy and informing members about any policy development of importance for inland ports and their business environment;
  • Preparing position papers and developing lobby strategies based on a solid compromise between the different views of member ports;
  • Representing the sector and its positions both at official stakeholder meetings and during bilateral meetings with EU policy makers (mainly European Commission and Parliament);
  • Drafting reports, papers, power point presentations and speeches and/or presenting them at conferences and seminars;
  • Drafting press releases and  maintaining good media contacts;
  • Drafting and editing the annual report, newsletters and other publications and managing the EFIP website;
  • Strengthening the network of inland ports and attracting new members;
  • Screening European programmes on funding possibilities for inland ports and facilitating partner search for European projects;
  • Preparing the Executive Committee and General Assembly meetings, organising additional meetings, events and working lunches;
  • Preparing and managing the annual budget of the organisation;
  • Working in close cooperation with the European Sea Ports Organisation and maintaining good relationship with other European Transport Organisations.


The ideal candidate will preferably have the following skills:

  • University degree with relevant experience in area of expertise;
  • Solid experience in lobbying EU institutions and knowledge of EU policy making procedures;
  • Good understanding of the European Transport sector and its European policy is a must; experience in managing a membership organisation and a good understanding of the inland port sector are an advantage;
  • Excellent level in English (both spoken and written) is a requirement, other European languages (in particular French, German and Dutch) are an important  asset;
  • Good communication skills with ability to speak clearly and concisely, to express ideas and concepts in writing;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to make concise summaries;
  • Experience in managing European projects/campaigns would be an advantage;
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills;
  • Team player, flexible, diplomatic and pragmatic person.


The new EFIP Director will work at the EFIP Secretariat, which is based in Brussels, and will be offered a permanent contract.

If you would like to become part of the EFIP team, which consists of a Director and two part-time assistants, please send your application with full curriculum vitae by 1 August 2013 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the reference “EFIP-Director” in the subject field. All applications will be treated in strict confidentiality.

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Port of Antwerp joins the European Federation of Inland Ports

Brussels, 22.04.2013
At their meeting in Vlissingen, EFIP members officially endorsed the membership of the Port of Antwerp.

Antwerp is more than the second largest European sea port. With an inland waterway throughput of almost 90 million tons, Antwerp has also an important inland port function. Currently, one third of the hinterland container traffic to and from the port goes by waterway. The port wants to raise this share up to 40% by 2020. Moreover, over the last years, the Port of Antwerp has been working intensively on a strategy and solutions to improve the barge handling and its hinterland connections by waterway.

“The Port of Antwerp is well connected with the European inland waterway network. It is clear that the Port of Antwerp is using this asset to the full. By developing intermodal projects, the Port aims to further reduce the transit time for barges in the port and to optimise barge connections between the port and its hinterland, thus enhancing the links with the ports in its hinterland. In this respect, Antwerp is sharing the same goals as EFIP. We therefore welcome the Port of Antwerp as new member. We are looking forward to working together on ways to improve the inland waterway links between sea ports and inland ports,” says EFIP’s President Jean-Louis Jérôme.

“By joining EFIP, the Port of Antwerp confirms its intention to further strengthen the position of the sustainable transport modes and to create efficient stable links with the hinterland ports”, says Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of Port of Antwerp.

For more information about Port of Antwerp’s hinterland policy: http://www.portofantwerp.com/en/connectivity

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First reaction of European Transport Sector to the EU budget deal: a "yes, but..."


Brussels, 18.02.2013
On 8 February, European leaders finally reached an agreement on the EU budget for the next seven years. With a cut of one third in the 32 billion EUR initially foreseen for transport infrastructure projects, transport does not appear to be considered a priority sector in the next budget.European inland ports back the Commission’s strategy to support LNG but considers it too early to set up binding LNG refuelling schemes for inland ports.

However, the resulting budget of 23 billion EUR is a significant step forward compared to the 8 billion EUR that was set aside for the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) in the 2007-2013 period, an amount which Member States have fully taken up according to the latest Commission data. But at the same time, the substantial cut that was made last week compared to the initial 32 billion will seriously affect the implementation of the transport infrastructure plan the Commission has been developing over the last three years, in close co-operation with Member States and  stakeholders.

In a first common reaction to this result, European transport organisations EFIP, ESPO, INE, IRU, PDI, ECG, ECSA, ETF, ECASBA, EBU, UNIFE, CLECAT, EuDA , ACI Europe, CER and ERFA say:

“We are satisfied that the transport infrastructure envelope has increased, compared to the current multi-annual budget. Nonetheless, it is a missed opportunity for European leaders to cut a growth-stimulating sector. Last week, European President Van Rompuy said the budget must be an engine for growth and jobs in the future. It is high time for national governments and their leaders to realise that transport is the engine of the European economy. If people and goods cannot move efficiently,  growth and economic development are constrained. In our view, transport  therefore deserves more than a mere 2,4% share of the total budget.”

Even if European transport organisations EFIP, ESPO, INE, IRU, PDI, ECG, ECSA, ETF, ECASBA, EBU, UNIFE, CLECAT, EuDA, ACI Europe, CER and ERFA remain critical about the deal, they believe it is important that the new EU budget plan for 2014-2020 is adopted soon.

“Realistically, the TEN-T core network and the already defined projects of the ten multimodal corridors cannot be fully implemented with such a small envelope. It means that the robust methodology developed by the European Commission to select projects that are essential to the European transport network cannot be applied. A first come, first serve basis will prevail over the network logic that the internal market so desperately needs. We therefore call on Member States to engage with the European Parliament to make this budget more growth-oriented. In addition, we fully support Parliament’s plea to have a mid-term review in a few years as a way to assess potential reallocations of the budget towards growth-generating sectors like transport. In a similar vein, we agree that a certain flexibility within budget allocations would benefit its overall effectiveness. Last but not least, a swift agreement on the EU budget will allow for progressing with implementing the new transport infrastructure plan, as outlined in the TEN-T and CEF regulations.”

Since last spring, 28 European Transport organisations have been continuously campaigning for a solid transport infrastructure budget. This campaign kicked off with an open letter that was send to all European policy makers, national governments and interested parties.

European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) - European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) - Inland Navigation Europe (INE) - International Road Transport Union (IRU) - Pro Danube International (PDI) - The Association of European Vehicle Logistics  (ECG) - European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) - European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) - European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA) – European Barge Union (EBU) – The Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) – European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistic and Custom Services (CLECAT) – European Dredging Association (EuDA) - Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) - Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) - European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) 
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European inland ports back the Commission’s strategy to support LNG but considers it too early to set up binding LNG refuelling schemes for inland ports


Brussels, 14.02.2013
On 24 January the European Commission published its Clean Fuel Strategy. The aim of this strategy is to address the remaining barriers preventing the real breakthrough of alternative fuels. As part of this strategy, the Commission obliges all TEN-T core inland ports to have a publicly accessible LNG refuelling point for inland waterway transport  by 2025 at the latest. The Commission proposal is also obliging all ports to install shore side electricity supply for waterborne vessels provided that it is cost-effective and has environmental benefits.

The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes a European Policy that is stimulating the use of LNG as alternative fuel for inland shipping and the use of shore side electricity in inland ports. EFIP stresses in that respect that inland waterway transport has every reason to endorse such a strategy since it can help the IWT sector in maintaining and further developing its green image. European inland ports also acknowledge that the lack of adequate bunker facilities for LNG can indeed be considered as one of the obstacles to an effective breakthrough of this alternative fuel.

But EFIP is also formulating some critical comments to the binding provisions in the Commission proposal.

EFIP’s Director Isabelle Ryckbost explains: “We fully endorse a European policy that is giving its support to the deployment of LNG as alternative fuel in inland navigation. We also hope that the LNG financial support schemes that are launched under the latest TEN-T calls will be repeated in the framework of the forthcoming TEN-T policy. But we believe we should not anticipate the results of studies that are in the pipeline and which precisely aim at defining what the needs are in terms of refuelling points and what the feasibility is of the different options. Moreover it is clear that a strict scheme of refuelling points can not be imposed on inland ports as long as, based on the current legislation, LNG can neither be used as alternative fuel nor be transported as cargo in inland waterway transport. Lifting this ban is probably the most urgent policy measure to take. As concerns the places for refuelling points, we would therefore favour, at this stage, a more pragmatic approach”.

The European Federation of Inland Ports makes the following observations in its position paper:

- LNG can become an important alternative fuel for inland navigation, but it seems premature to put forward LNG as thé alternative. Other alternative fuels might be considered in the near future: hydrogen, biofuels (3rd and 4th generation) and electricity (especially for small barges). In that respect, it seems right to stimulate the breakthrough of LNG, as long as it does not exclude the breakthrough of other good alternatives.
- So far it is in principle forbidden to use LNG as fuel in inland shipping. The few vessels in use on the Rhine have been granted an exemption as pilot projects. Moreover the transport of LNG as cargo by inland waterways is currently also forbidden. This bans are probably the first and most urgent barriers to the breakthrough of LNG in inland navigation. Adapting the existing EU regulations (Directive 2006/87/EG and the ADN) that currently do not allow shipping fuels with flashpoints lower than 55°C (the flashpoint of LNG is around -181°C) and do not allow LNG to be transported by inland waterways seems in that respect a first priority. It is not possible to convince barge owners to use LNG and to oblige ports to invest in LNG refuelling points, if the use of LNG is currently only possible on the basis of temporary and case-by-case exemptions to the current EU rules.
- LNG being qualified as a “dangerous substance”, one will have to explore the impact on the existing port installations and activities in a given port.
Ports that are currently not handling hazardous cargo and are not designed to handle such a cargo, may have problems to reserve a dedicated space for LNG fuelling operations (distance to other installations, special mooring places,…). Moreover inland ports are often situated in or near urban areas. In these urban areas it might be, for safety reasons, even more difficult to organise an LNG refuelling point.
- It is not clear at this stage what the market needs are, what the needs are in terms of bunkering facilities for LNG and what the economic feasibility is of having a bunkering facility in your port. Different studies are currently being developed to precisely examine the needs in view of establishing an adequate network of bunkering facilities.

The European Federation of Inland Ports is therefore pleading for:

- A review of the directive 2006/87/EG and the ADN (The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways) in view of allowing the use of LNG as fuel for inland shipping and as cargo of inland waterway transport. The obligation foreseen in article 6 of the proposal should therefore clearly be linked to the successful review of these regulations.
- A more pragmatic approach when it comes to imposing refuelling points in inland ports. EFIP proposes to oblige all core TEN-T inland ports to have a refuelling point at least within a certain radius (to be defined) of the port rather than in each core TEN-T port. Such a more pragmatic approach would allow neighbouring ports to agree on which one will provide a refuelling point. This decision can be made in a more coordinated way taking into account the current functions of the port (is there already a dedicated zone for dangerous cargo?) and the geographical situation (which of the neighbouring ports is not laying into a dense urban area?).
- A long-term vision on how the introduction and further development of LNG will be supported in the framework of the new TEN-T policy. The latest TEN-T calls foresee quite some financial support for the development of LNG in inland waterway transport and the related investments in ports. It is important that this support policy is equally being maintained in the new TEN-T policy framework.

EFIP furthermore supports the balanced approach chosen for shore-side electricity supply installations in ports. It states that using shore side electricity only proves to have an added value when the barges are staying a longer period in the port. For short stays (just loading, unloading) it does not seem so interesting. Moreover, cargo inland barges only need a limited amount of power when they are in the port. On the contrary, for passenger ships, which do make long stops in the ports and which need a lot of power, the use of shore side electricity is interesting and should be stimulated. This issue is currently being examined in the framework of the EU-Interreg NW project “Connecting Citizen Ports 21” (CCP 21).

Finally EFIP fully supports the Commission’s intention to develop technical specifications for the LNG refuelling points and shore side electricity supply.
The interoperability of refuelling points is a very important point. Moreover EFIP believes that one should also aim at developing LNG refuelling points that can serve at the same time road transport and barges.
As concerns the technical specifications for shore side supply, EFIP believes there are already quite some best practices available (ex. in the Netherlands). EFIP hopes these best practices will be taken into account when developing these specifications.

You can download the EFIP Position on Clean Fuel Strategy here.
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Ports urge European leaders not to cut in Transport Infrastructure Budget


Brussels, 06.02.2013
On 7 and 8 February 2013,  European Heads of State and Government are coming together in another attempt to make a deal on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), the overall European budget for the years 2014-2020 and the budgets to be allocated to the different policies.

European sea and inland ports urge European leaders not to touch the envelope of 31.7 billion Euro foreseen for Europe’s transport infrastructure investments under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Already last spring, EFIP and ESPO took the lead in a campaign set up by 28 European transport organisations to secure the TEN-T budget. Both organisations also encouraged their members to sign the declaration that was initiated by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas at the end of last year.
European Federation of Inland Ports Director Isabelle Ryckbost points out: “The proposed TEN-T budget is aimed at financing a concrete transport infrastructure plan, that will benefit all transport modes, Member States and regions. The 31.7 billion Euro will not only serve transport as such. By optimising transport links and transport nodes, all other policies, not in the least  Europe’s cohesion and agriculture policy will benefit. In that sense, the TEN-T budget has a real spillover effect and can be considered as one of the best ways of spending European money. It would be a shame if European leaders were to cut this budget and plan.”

ESPO Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven confirms: “We hope European leaders will realise that a 3% share of the overall budget is a bare minimum for a sector that directly employs 10 million people and counts for about 5% of GDP. This is certainly the case for ports. Ports are real job creators and engines for regional development. Moreover, as the main gateways to the world,  seaports are essential to ensuring Europe’s economic growth.”
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EFIP’s good resolutions for 2013


Brussels, 20.12.2012
Before celebrating the New Year, EFIP wants to share with you its good resolutions for 2013:

This year EFIP has been putting a lot of effort in showing European policy makers how inland ports can play a crucial role as multimodal connecting points of the TEN-T network and its core network corridors.  In 2013 EFIP will pursue this work. At the same time, by participating in the latest TEN-t calls, EFIP’s members will be able to anticipate on Europe’s new infrastructure policy and show concretely how they perfectly fit into the corridor approach put forward by the Commission. It is evident that also next year, EFIP will continue its campaign for a solid TEN-T budget .

In 2013, EFIP will start up the dialogue with the European Commission on the forthcoming ports policy. Such a policy should enable inland ports  to contribute to the goals of the Transport White paper, namely to move towards a competitive and resource-efficient transport system. EFIP’s members want a policy that allows their port to respond to the economic reality, to the latest challenges, to the competitors, to the market. They want a policy that supports them in their efforts to attract  freight and businesses to the water.

Furthermore,  in the coming  year, EFIP hopes to contribute to the development of the planned European urban transport policy,  more in particular its freight and logistics pillar. European inland ports are often “urban inland ports”. They are situated at the waterfront  in big urban centres and are as such very well placed to deliver goods in a sustainable way (by inland waterways or rail) very near to the city centres or export freight (e.g. waste removal) from the urban centres. Promoting the added value of urban inland ports when it comes to providing sustainable solutions for urban freight supply and distribution and thus shortening the last urban mile will be one of the top priorities for EFIP in 2013. 

In 2013,  EFIP hopes to strengthen further its network of inland ports.

This year, EFIP has been gathering 28 European Transport organisations in a common campaign to secure the TEN-T budget. Also in 2013, EFIP is willing to combine forces with other European transport stakeholders to defend common interests.

Last but not least, EFIP remains at the disposal of all European policy makers to discuss its view and contribute in a constructive way to their policy initiatives.

Best wishes for 2013!
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TEN-T days:  Commissioner  Kallas visits EFIP’s exhibition stand

kallas visited efip stand ten-t days Brussels, 06.12.2012

In the framework of the TEN-T Days, the Commission organised for the first time an exhibition where different TEN-T funded  projects were shown. EFIP, together with Upper-Rhine project, participated in the exhibition. At the EFIP stand, visitors could have a closer look at the map, which was recently published by EFIP,  showing all European core and comprehensive inland ports and indicating how Europe's inland ports are well positioned on the new TEN-T corridors. At the same time, the stand gave a first insight in the Upper Rhine project, a TEN-T funded project that has been launched on 26 November and that aims at studying how Upper Rhine inland  ports could be better integrated in the multimodal corridor Rotterdam-Marseille linking them.

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas visited the EFIP stand. It was a great pleasure to welcome him and to explain the Upper-Rhine Project. It was also a perfect opportunity for EFIP to give the Commissioner a copy of the recently published EFIP map.

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Ports Call upon EU Leaders to Safeguard Transport Infrastructure Budget


Brussels, 21.11.2012

32 billion euroOn 22 and 23 November the European Heads of State and Government are to decide on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), the overall European budget for the years 2014-2020 and the budgets to be allocated to its different policies.

European sea and inland ports realise that all governments are facing budgetary constraints, but they urge European leaders not to touch the envelope of 31.7 billion Euro foreseen for Europe’s transport infrastructure investments under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

European Federation of Inland Ports Director Isabelle Ryckbost said: “The new TEN-T policy is the result of more than two years of negotiations with all Member States and stakeholders. The proposed TEN-T budget is based on a concrete plan. There are not twenty ways to meet the growing transport demands and connect countries, modes and nodes in a sustainable and efficient way. It would be a shame if the European leaders are cutting in this budget and plan. In that case, the governments will have to prepare a “plan B” and look for other, probably more difficult and costly means to meet Europe’s targets in terms of growth, sustainability and jobs.”

“The fight for the budget now seems to be between transport and other policies such as cohesion and agriculture. We should however keep in mind that transport infrastructure projects do not only serve the transport industry and its stakeholders”, said ESPO Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven, “A seamless European transport network in the first place strengthens the internal cohesion of the EU and facilitates many other sectors, including agriculture. Seaports are for instance the main gateways for EU exports of agricultural products. Using EU funding to integrate ports in the TEN-T therefore also benefits cohesion and agricultural policy.”

Already in spring EFIP and ESPO took the lead in a campaign set up by 28 European transport organisations to secure the TEN-T budget. Both organisations have also encouraged their members to sign the declaration that was initiated by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas a few weeks ago.
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European Federation of Inland Ports meet in Vienna: Time to put European inland ports on the map!


Vienna, 9.11.2012
This week, the European Federation of Inland Ports and its members gathered in Vienna for its General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by the Port of Vienna and the Association of Austrian Inland Ports, IGÖD. At this occasion the European inland ports elected a new President. Jean-Louis Jérôme, CEO of the Port of Strasbourg, will be presiding EFIP for the next two years. EFIP’s members also welcomed Zeeland Seaports as a new EFIP member. In Vienna the European inland ports discussed the latest developments in European Transport policy. Of course the discussions on the TEN-T review and its budget stood high on EFIP’s agenda. EFIP believes it is time to put the European inland ports on the map. EFIP realises however that  in order to guarantee delivery. EFIP’s members therefore decided to massively sign the declaration in support of the Connecting Europe Facility, that was launched last week by Commissioner Kallas. Members further discussed the latest state of play of the Danube Strategy and a strategy to improve the barge cargo handling between sea and inland ports. Finally EFIP held a first discussion on the Commission's plans as regards ports policy.

Jean-Louis Jérôme elected as EFIP President
photo jlj 1Jean-Louis Jérôme has been leading the Port of Strasbourg for almost ten years. Mr Jérôme is also Head of Service of Navigation in Strasbourg and Interregional director of VNF in Strasbourg. Moreover Mr Jérôme is a French Commissioner at the Rhine Commission. He is a civil engineer who comes with a lengthy professional experience in transport and building infrastructure development works. Last year, Mr Jérôme played an active role in bringing together the nine upper Rhine inland ports in view of a developing common TEN-T project.
“Over the last years, the European Federation of Inland Ports has attracted a lot of new members. Moreover, at different occasions, not at least in the TEN-T  dossier, it has punched above its weight. I hope I can contribute in further strengthening EFIP’s role as active European Transport organisation in Brussels. The goals of the European Transport policy  in terms of multimodality and sustainability go hand in hand with the role of inland ports in the transport chain. The challenge is now to raise our profile and claim our place in the European Transport market”, said Mr Jérôme at the start of his mandate. Mr Jérôme further thanked Roland Hoerner, his predecessor, for his work during the last two years.

The vice Presidents for the next two years are Roland Hoerner (outgoing President and CEO of the Port of Mannheim), Willy Robijns (Assistant Manager Waterwegen en Zeekanaal), Carmen Costache (President of Romanian Inland Ports Union) and Rainier Reekmans (Commercial Director of the Port of Brussels).

Zeeland Seaports joins EFIP
efip ga vienna 9 nov 2012 008At its General Assembly, EFIP officially endorsed the membership of Zeeland Seaports, the port authority governing the Dutch seaports of Terneuzen en Vlissingen.
“Zeeland seaports is a perfect example of a “two in one” port. It combines its important seaport function with a real inland port function. The inland waterway throughput is almost as high as the maritime throughput. Moreover almost half of the maritime volumes are going by barge to the hinterland. It is without saying that Zeeland seaports is an important player in the inland port sector. We very much welcome them as new member”, said Isabelle Ryckbost, EFIP’s Director.
 “With this membership we hope to promote the inland port function of Zeeland seaports more than we did over the past years. Due to the increasing flow of goods in the last years and the expected growth in the coming years, the importance of the efficent use of the logistic modalities to and from the hinterland are essential”, says Hans van der Hart, CEO of  Zeeland seaports. “In addition, the network function of EFIP and the unique voice of the inland port function in Europe is a major added value in promoting our ports. We are looking forward to a pleasant and constructive cooperation.” 
For more information on Zeeland seaports: http://www.zeelandseaports.com/en/home.htm

Roundtable at the Logistic Club
To kick off EFIP’s General Assembly meeting, the Port of Vienna organised a roundtable together with its Logistic Club. This event was organised in the framework of the Logistic Club, a regular venue organised by the Port of Vienna and the Austrian Newspaper Logistik Kurier. Franz Staberhofer, Professor of University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, set the scene by giving some insight in the actual trends in logistics. His speech was followed by an interesting speech of Mr Dimitrios Theologitis, Director Unit Ports and Inland Navigation in DG MOVE of the European Commission on the challenges to improve the waterborne link between the sea and the inland ports and the initiatives of the Commission in that respect. Finally, Ms Pascale Pasmans, Senior Consultant Strategy and Development - inland navigation at Antwerp Port Authority, set out how the Port of Antwerp responds to the  need to optimise the barge hinterland links between its port and the hinterland. “This is the first time, we have such an international presence at our club. Being represented by EFIP gives us more weight for our issues and problems at European level and it is an excellent platform for learning from each other”, Mr. Lehr (CFO) and Ms. Unterholzner from the Port of Vienna stressed in their introduction.

European inland ports: let’s put them on the map
EFIP welcomes the TEN-t review as put forward by the European Commission in its  proposals of October 2011. To enhance legal certainty on the role and status of European inland ports in the new TEN-t network, EFIP is asking to better identify the ports into the legislative proposals. The maps in the Commission proposals are not a solid basis. To literally make its point, EFIP decided to create its own map of European inland ports. This map must help the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission in clarifying which inland ports are comprehensive and core inland TEN-T ports. This map gives a clear overview of all European inland ports meeting the criteria for integration in the TEN-T network and clearly shows how inland ports can play a role as multimodal connecting points of the core network corridors.

The map “European Inland Ports: let’s put them on the map” can be downloaded here: http://www.inlandports.eu/images/stories/downloads/other/efip_map_final.pdf
A hard copy can be ordered at EFIP’s secretariat: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

EFIP pursues its campaign for the TEN-T budget by signing the Declaration in favour of Connecting Europe Facility budget
efip ga vienna 9 nov 2012 006Since spring, EFIP has been leading a campaign bringing together 28 European Transport organisations in view of securing the budget foreseen by the European Commission for developing the key European transport networks essential for growth up to 2020.
EU budget negotiations are now entering a crucial phase. In the next few weeks, Heads of State and Governments will meet in an extra-ordinary summit in Brussels (Nov 22-23) to decide the EU’s budget for 2014-2020. The Commission is now asking European businesses and citizens to express their support for the Connecting Europe Facility budget. To show their support, EFIP and its members decided to sign as much as possible this declaration. By doing so they hope to convince their individual governments that this European money for transport infrastructure is needed to restore growth in the different Member States of the European Union.

View the declaration: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kallas/connecting-europe-facility/index_en.htm

Read more about the campaign 32 billion EUR for transport: The best move towards economic growth:  http://www.inlandports.eu/images/stories/downloads/positions/32billion.pdf

First debate on the upcoming ports policy
EFIP discussed the second survey launched by the Commission last week in view of developing a ports policy. For the first time the upcomnig ports policy will also cover inland ports. Even if it is too early to have a clear view on the exact plans of the Commission, the different questions in the survey already reveal what the Commission aims at. “Our members are open for discussing the different issues, but when looking at the impact of the different policy options, our members clearly fear that new rules will increase the administrative burden in ports and make it more difficult to “do businness”, namely  to attract more traffic to the water and the other sustainable modes of transport. Moreover, the inland port authorities stated that they were already subject to different legislations applicable to public companies in general. They support however the Commission's idea of measuring the performance of inland ports. In the following months, EFIP and its members will further discuss the different items tackled in the survey and try to position themselves in view of contributing to a ports policy that strenghtens the role and performance of inland ports”, Isabelle Ryckbost concluded from this first debate.
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European Transport Industry continues its campaign in favour of an adequate TEN-T budget


Brussels, 2.11.2012
EU budget negotiations are entering a crucial phase. In the next few weeks, Heads of State and Governments will meet in an extra-ordinary summit in Brussels (Nov 22) to decide the EU’s budget for 2014-2020.   There is a lot at stake, including proposals to allocate €32billion of the EU budget to trigger investment in the key European transport networks essential for growth.

The Commission is now asking European businesses and citizens to express their support for the Connecting Europe Facility budget (the budget for Transport, Energy and Telecoms network).  This initiative follows the campaign set up already  in April by 27 European Transport organisations to secure the TEN-T budget.

EFIP and its members call on all transport stakeholders to join our efforts and to sign the declaration underlining the need for Europe to "connect to compete' and calling on Heads of State and Government to support the Connecting Europe Facility.

The declaration is now online on the following website – and is open to other businesses and citizens to show their support: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kallas/index_en.htm
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EFIP’s President Hoerner highlights specificity of inland ports at the Commissions’ Ports conference


speech hoerner 25092012On 25 and 26 September, the European Commission hosted the Conference "Unlocking the Growth Potential" on the European Ports Policy Review in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to launch the discussion on the challenges European ports face today and the ways to unlock their full growth potential as essential nodes of the Trans-European Transport Network and to look into the results from the targeted stakeholder consultation that was launched in June. EFIP’s President hoerner participated in the high level debate at the start of the conference. You can read his speech here.
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Response of the European Federation of Inland Ports to the Commission staff working document toward Naiades II


The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes the Commission Staff Working Document entitled “Towards NAIADES II - Promoting, greening and integrating inland waterway transport in the single EU Transport area” as a good start for discussing the instruments needed to enhance the role of inland waterway transport in the European Transport system. In that respect, the title of the document perfectly summarizes the four important challenges to face: 
      

  • better promote the assets of  IWT and help shippers to overcome the “barriers” to a first use of inland waterway transport
  • pursue a policy in view of safeguarding the sustainable character of inland navigation
  •  integrate IWT into the comodal transport system
  • create a single European inland waterway transport system by ensuring the navigability of a well defined inland waterway network, taking away the remaining bottlenecks on the network and aiming at uniform rules of navigation.


The European inland ports fully subscribe the general aim of the European Commission’s inland waterway policy. Indeed, given the potential inland waterway transport has in terms of sustainability and safety and given the growing congestion problem facing all other modes of transport, it is time to stop the decline in modal share of inland waterway transport. Moreover, it is time to wake up the inland waterway transport industry that its leading position as sustainable transport mode could be jeopardized if they do not invest in innovation and in further greening the sector.
The European Federation of Inland Ports gives it full support to an integrated vision of inland waterway transport, both in terms of content and in terms of budget.

  • Contentwise, it is clear that inland waterway transport must be integrated into the comodal transport chain.  An efficient inland waterway transport policy must therefore go hand in hand with a policy highlighting and supporting the role of inland ports as multimodal connecting points. 
  • The financing of an inland waterway transport policy through the Connecting Europe Facility (infrastructure) and the Horizon 2020 (innovation) budgets must prevent that inland navigation is seen as an isolated mode of transport both in terms of infrastructure and operation. It is however important that within this multimodal approach the potential and specificity of inland waterway transport is being fully recognised.  EFIP hopes that the projects dedicated and budget spent to inland waterway transport and inland ports will raise in the period 2014-2020 compared to 2007-2013 and that IWT and inland ports will be awarded a fair percentage of the overall budget.


The possible measures asked by EFIP as concerns infrastructure, markets, fleet, jobs and skills, information exchange and sharing as well as the complete response to the Commission's proposal can be found in attachment.
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32 billion euro for transport: the best MOVE towards economic growth


32 billion euroWe, European transport organisations, representing European maritime and inland port authorities, airport operators, inland waterway, maritime, rail, road, air transport companies, infrastructure managers, operators, port and logistic service providers, shippers, cyclists, chambers of commerce and transport workers, urge EU Member States and the European Parliament to safeguard the 32 billion EUR budget that has been allocated to EU transport infrastructure within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) in the 2014-2020 budget. Achieving a complete and integrated resource-efficient and sustainable transport network, covering and interconnecting all modes, Member States and Regions must be seen as an essential investment to create growth and jobs in the European Union. 

The complete open letter can be found here.  

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Pisa joins five European capitals to enhance the role of inland waterway transport for urban freight supply and distributionmarch_2012_city_of_pisa_signing_ceromony


The Italian city of Pisa is the first new city  to join the  original five European capitals in an initiative that aims   to enhance the role of inland waterway transport and step up  dialogue with inland port and waterway authorities. The aim  is to find sustainable solutions to urban freight supply and  distribution challenges through greater use of  the waterways  flowing through their cities.

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TEN-T and Connecting Europe Facility: EFIP's Response to the Commission Proposals of 19 October


EFIP acknowledges that it is the first time that Europe’s infrastructure policy is recognising the role inland ports can play in enhancing the potential and capacity of multimodal transport. Even if the aim and priorities put forward in this review enjoy the full support of EFIP, we believe that there are still some points to be clarified and there is room for improvement... Read more...

The complete response to the Commission's proposal can be found in attachment.
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EFIP calls on European Parliament and Council to stick to 32 billion EUR TEN-T budget and to raise the share of money spent to ports and inland waterways

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EFIP’s President, Roland Hoerner, expressed EFIP’s priorities and concerns as regards Europe’s infrastructure policy at the EBU-seminar that marked the 10th anniversary of the European Barge owners Union.

Hoerner stressed the importance of this infrastructure dossier for European inland ports: “During the last two years EFIP has been following very closely the review of Europe’s infrastructure policy. And let it be clear, this review is very important for us, this review is needed. For the first time, inland ports are being considered as a serious player in the co-modal transport chain. We are present in the maps, both comprehensive and core. We believe the criteria for identifying ports as comprehensive or core are balanced and fair. Moreover this review is  an extremely important step in closing the infrastructure gap that exists between east and west.”

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Open letter to the attention of the transport advisers of the permanent representations of EU Member States on the Recast of the Railway Package

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EFIP welcomes place of inland ports in the new TEN-T maps

Brussels, 19 October 2011 – Today the European Commission has adopted the proposals for review of the European TEN-T policy, the backbone of the European Transport Infrastructure policy.

In view of these proposals, inland ports having an annual freight transshipment of more than 500.000 tonnes are part of the comprehensive TEN-T network (basic layer). Around 80 inland ports have been selected for the core network. Inland waterways and rail transport can count on equal levels of cofinancing (up to 40%). Inland transport connections to ports and the development of ports and multimodal platforms can be cofinanced up to 20% of the eligible costs.

Link to the review proposals: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/infrastructure/connecting/revision-t_en.htm

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hoerner_danckaerts_pavelek_ryckbostEFIP’s General Assembly in Berlin brings European and German Inland Ports together


From 13 to 15 October 2011, the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and its members were gathering for their General Assembly meeting in Berlin. This meeting was hosted by the German Association of Inland Ports, Bundesverband Öffentlicher Binnenhäfen (BÖB), who were holding their General Assembly meeting on the same occasion. read more ....

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Brussels-Berlin-Budapest-Paris-Vienna activate their connection with water in view of achieving sustainable and efficient city logistics


grouwels_16092011_In 2050 more than 8 out of 10 people will be living in urban areas. These people will not only move in, out and around Europe’s cities, but each of them will also be producing, using and consuming goods. This means that bringing goods in and out of European cities in a sustainable and efficient way will become one of the major challenges for European cities. 

Therefore Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Paris and Vienna, five waterborne European capitals, have decided to further “activate” their connection with the waterway flowing through their city. They realise that the  inland waterway in their town can offer a sustainable and efficient solution for bringing goods in and out of their city, avoiding as such the congestion barrier surrounding these big agglomerations. read more .... 

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EFIP’s Response to the Commission’s Transport White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area”.

The Commission’s vision and goals: ambitious …. on distance

EFIP is welcoming the White paper’s main and ambitious vision to both support mobility and reduce emissions. The White paper’s plea for clarity on the future policy frameworks and for coherence at EU level will allow inland ports to draw up sustainable and strong investment plans and is the best way to attract new investments in inland ports in inland ports and the inland waterway transport sector in general. read more ....

The complete response to the White paper, can be found in attachment.
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Sea and Inland Ports Call for Single European Railway Area

For ports there is a clear sense of urgency in achieving a single European railway network. A Single European Railway Area without barriers is the best way to guarantee an efficient use of existing railway capacity. Remaining barriers - legal, technical and political - should be lifted without further delay. read more ...

Download the full ESPO-EFIP position paper
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OPEN LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT and TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER Mr. KALLAS

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Hungarian Port of Paks hosts EFIP’s Executive Committee  (7-9 April)

From 7 to 9 April the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and its members are coming together in Paks (Hungary) to hold their Executive Committee meeting. The European Inland Ports are invited by the Hungarian Port of Paks. read more ...
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EFIP’s response to the Commission Staff Working Document SEC(2011)101 final on the planning and implementation of the new TEN-T policy

On 19 January the European Commission issued a new Commission Staff Working Paper setting  out a concrete proposal for the planning methodology and implementation of the new TEN-T policy. This document can be considered as the “guide book” for drawing up the future TEN-T maps. read more ...
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Two tools developed by BE LOGIC to suggest logistics alternatives to the companies

On Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 February, the Final Conference of the European project BE LOGIC took place in Rotterdam. BE LOGIC is a Project co-founded by the European Commission in the scope of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development. The aim of  BE LOGIC is “co-modality”, which can be defined as the use of different modes on their own and in combination in the aim to obtain an optimal and sustainable utilisation of resources. read more ...
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EFIP President Hoerner: Inland ports can play an important role in overcoming the problems in cross border sections of the TEN-T network

Brussels, 12 January 2011. “Looking at Strasbourg, Lille, Basel, Liège, Dresden, Děčín, Ruse,… these are all inland ports very near their national borders which could play a role in solving the interoperability problems EU railways are still nowadays facing. Looking at the cross border cooperation some of these inland ports have developed or are in the process of developing. read more ...
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EFIP participates actively in Urban Freight Conference organised by the Belgian Presidency


On 16-17 November, the European Commission and the Brussels Capital Region, on behalf of the Belgian Presidency of the Council, hosted a conference on urban freight transport and logistics in Brussels. The conference brought together high-level representatives from the European institutions and from key stakeholder associations to debate sustainable solutions to urban freight in Europe's cities. read more ...
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Results of EFIP’s General Assembly: EFIP elects Roland Hoerner as new President


Ghent, 7 October 2010 - This morning the members of EFIP gathered in Ghent for their annual General Assembly. At this occasion they elected a new President. It was decided that Roland Hoerner will be chairing the Federation until 2012. Roland Hoerner is Managing Director of the  Port of Mannheim since 1998 and Vice President of the German Inland Ports Association (BöB).He will take over from Willy Robijns, who has been chairing EFIP since 2006. read more ...
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EFIP welcomes the Hungarian Port of Paks as new member


At the General Assembly meeting, the members of EFIP welcomed the Hungarian Port of Paks. Paksport is located on the right bank of the Danube and functions as an agri-logistic hub. The port is among the largest agri-bulk operators in Hungary. It was created in 1993. read more ...
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Belgian Inland Ports host EFIP & its Members  during a two day Inland Port Regatta
“Meet and greet your inland port”
6 to 8 October2010


From 6 to 8 October, the European Federation of Inland Ports organises its EFIP Inland Port Regatta 2010 in Belgium. During two days the European Inland Ports will be gathering in Belgium for their General Assembly and will visit their Belgian counterparts. In each Belgian port one theme of interest to European inland ports will be highlighted and discussed with European policymakers and people from the sector. The aim of the event which is taking place in the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Union is for EU policy makers to learn more about inland ports and for inland ports to meet and greet with the Brussels political scene. More than 50 inland ports representatives from 11 countries have registered for this meet and greet. read more ...
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EFIP’s President Willy Robijns presented good environmental port practices at the Danube Summit in Linz

From 31 May till 2 June, the 5th Danube Summit took place in Linz (Austria). EFIP was participating in the exhibition. In addition EFIP’s President Willy Robijns gave a presentation on good environmental practices in European inland Ports  during the roundtable discussion on “inland navigation development and environmental protection- trade off or win-win”.  read more ...
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EFIP participates in international workshop on the river Elbe in Decin

“Allow more shipping on the River Elbe”. Inspired by this message the students of the school of Pirna in Germany and Děčín in the Czech Republic decorated ten ships that they handed over to political and economic decision makers at an international workshop that was organised for the eighth time by the Saxon Port- and Transport Association together with the Czech Consulate General  in Dresden  and the Chamber of Commerce Elbe/Oder in the light of the European week.

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The Port of Sevilla hosts the European Federation of Inland Ports

From 25 to 27 March, the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and its members were coming together in Sevilla to hold their Executive Committee meeting.

At the Executive Committee meeting, the EFIP members were welcoming again the Dutch Association of Inland Ports (Nederlandse Vereniging Binnenhavens) who decided to join EFIP again after a suspension of their membership during the last two years. read more ...

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The Port of Sevilla hosts the European Federation of Inland Ports

From 25 to 27 March, the European Federation of Inland ports and its members are coming together in Sevilla to hold their Executive Committee meeting.

Highlights of the meeting are the discussion with Mrs Magdalena Alvarez, Spanish Member of the European Parliament. In Sevilla, EFIP is welcoming back the Dutch Association of Inland Ports. read more ...
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EFIP calls on EU Transport Council to integrate urban freight and urban logistics in the urban mobility debate

Brussels, 11 February 2010 – Tomorrow, the EU Ministers of Transport, gathered in an informal Council meeting in La Coruna, are holding a working session on urban mobility. Urban mobility is one of the priorities of the Spanish presidency in the field of transport. The discussion is the first response from the Council to the Commission Action plan on Urban mobility that came out in September last year.  read more ...
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15th Anniversary marks a new start for EFIP

From 15 till 17 October the members of EFIP are gathering in Mantova to join EFIP’s General Assembly meeting. Created in 1994, EFIP, the European Federation representing nearly 200 inland ports in 18 countries from the European Union, Moldova, Switzerland and Ukraine, is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. This 15th Anniversary means a new start for EFIP. read more ...
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EFIP’s point of view on the “future of transport” in 15 points:

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) believes that sustainability and efficiency should characterize the Transport System of and for the Future. To achieve this goal, the European Transport Policy should aim at lifting all obstacles to a better integration of the different transport modes (infrastructure, legislative, administrative, operational, and technological). read more...
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EFIP’s position on the TEN-T review

Inland ports are an essential partner in linking up the TEN-T into a real intermodal and sustainable transport “network”

On 4th February 2009 the European Commission published a green paper to open the debate on the current TEN-T guidelines and to reflect on a more fundamental review of the TEN-policy to be proposed in 2010.

In their response to the Green Paper, the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) outlines that it is time to look at the interconnection points between the different transport modes and their infrastructure. read more...
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European Sea and Inland Ports Establish Joint Office in Brussels

Isabelle Ryckbost appointed Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports

Brussels, 2 April 2009 - The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) will sign today in the port of Brussels an agreement to set up a joint office in Brussels. Under this agreement the secretarial services of both organisations will be coordinated by ESPO. EFIP and ESPO will however stay separate legal entities with independent decision-making structures. read more ...
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