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Brussels, March 8th, 2016

On March 8th, the European Parliament will be voting on the Fleckenstein report on the proposal for a Ports Regulation. The final report reflects the compromise that had been reached by the rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs.

The European organizations representing the port terminal operators, the port and technical-nautical services’ unions, the pilots, the boatmen and the port authorities appreciate the efforts that have been made by Rapporteur Fleckenstein to reach a balanced compromise text, thanks to an inclusive dialogue involving different stakeholders.

We strongly believe that the work achieved so far by Mr. Fleckenstein and the shadow rapporteurs should be supported in Plenary and is a solid basis for opening the negotiations with the Council. Therefore, all signing organizations, kindly invite MEPs to support the compromise and vote in favor of the text “en bloc” without additional amendments and to grant to Mr. Fleckenstein the necessary mandate to start negotiations with the Council and the European Commission.


Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid
Secretary General of FEPORT
European Private Port Operators

Ms. Isabelle Ryckbost
Secretary General of ESPO
European Sea Ports Organization

Ms. Livia Spera
Political Secretary for Dockers and Fisheries
ETF (European Transport Workers' Federation)

M. Ronny Detienne
Secretary General EBA
European Boatmen Association

Capt. Dirk Vael
Secretary General of EMPA
European Maritime Pilots’ Association


Joint position in view of Vote on Ports Reg in Plenary March 8th 2016 Final version