2019 — EFIP celebrates its 25th anniversary. A reception was held at the Palais du Rhin in Strasbourg for this special occasion, kindly hosted by the Port of Strasbourg and the CCNR (Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine). More than 90 guests gathered in the Salle des Fêtes for this event.
On this occasion, EFIP presented its new long term vision of inland ports as “Enablers of Green Logistics”. This was communicated through new printed materials and an animated video showing the history and future of inland ports in Europe.
As part of the anniversary, special attention was given to the importance of cross-border cooperation between inland ports. This is essential especially in the European context. It was therefore very appropriate to visit the ports of Strasbourg and Kehl.
2016 — During the TEN-T days in Rotterdam on 20-22 June, EFIP organised the VIP-event ‘Inland navigation and ports in action’ in cooperation with EBU (European Barge Union), ESO (European Skippers Organisation) and INE (Inland Navigation Europe). In the “Ministerial Declaration on Implementing the Trans-European Transport Network” that was published after the TEN-T days, it was stated that the EU transport ministers see a key role for multimodal inland ports to increase EU’s competitiveness, to contribute to the decarbonisation of transport and to reduce the environmental impact of the transport sector.
2014 — EFIP celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reception in the Salle des Glaces of the Parliament of the Region of Brussels. The event 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 presented innovative projects in inland ports from three thematic areas: Innovative Logistics, Protecting the Environment, and Positive Port-City Relations. The exhibition highlighted the diversity of activities in inland ports and illustrated the commitment of the sector to innovate and develop solutions that benefit society.
2009 — EFIP celebrates its 15th Anniversary. On 2 April, the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) sign in the Port of Brussels an agreement to set up a joint office in Brussels. EFIP and ESPO will however stay separate legal entities with independent decision-making structures. The agreement is an extension of the Platform of European Sea and Inland Ports.
2007 — On 15 May, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and EFIP sign a Declaration of cooperation establishing a Platform of Sea and Inland Ports. With this declaration both organisations are underlining the increased cooperation between sea and inland ports in the European logistical landscape and aiming to reinforce the voice of European port authorities in Brussels.
1994 — On 20 April, the inaugural meeting of EFIP is held in Brussels. The founding members of EFIP are coming from Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Czech Republic and Luxemburg. Bernard Chenevez, Director General of the Port of Paris is elected as the first EFIP President and accepts the offer given by the Port of Brussels to host EFIP’s secretariat.
1993 — An internal memorandum of the Presidency of the German Federal Association of Inland Ports (BÖB) highlights the impact of a European transport policy on inland ports. This memorandum clears the path for the creation of a European interest group for inland ports. BÖB starts approaching potentially interested ports in Europe.