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Brussels, December 15th, 2016


Ports Regulation, a good instrument if well implemented and part of a consistent framework!


Yesterday, the European Parliament finalized the three years parliamentarian legislative process concerning the Port Services Regulation, also known now as Ports Regulation.


This adoption is the result of a lot of involvement and dedication from the Rapporteur, Knut Fleckenstein, and his team who have adopted a real consultative approach and multiplied efforts to discuss with all stakeholders to reach a good compromise. Yesterday’s achievement is also a positive outcome of the work that has also involved the representatives of DG MOVE and the negotiators of the Council of Transport Ministers, in particular during the Italian and Dutch Presidencies, who have dedicated time and energy to improve the text.


Last but not least, contrary to what was expected by many observers, European organizations representing port stakeholders have been constructive and the majority of them has even called for a vote “en bloc” in the European Parliament plenary some months ago.


Such a mobilization is not a coincidence. It shows that when key stakeholders are consulted in a meaningful manner, and when a text seeks to clarify and improve applicable rules in and by ports, it is possible to build cross sectoral support.


The adoption of the Ports Regulation in Parliament is an important step, but for the 1200 companies that FEPORT represents, the text has given birth to high expectations about transparency and consultation.” says Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, FEPORT Secretary General.


“We hope that Member States will guarantee a proper implementation of the rules about transparency and consultation of private investors in ports. Those rules are, from our point of view, good instruments to ensure a level playing field, to prevent risks of distortion of competition and to avoid unsustainable investments in ports” continues FEPORT Secretary General.


It is also crucial that the ongoing second procedure of consultation about the Global Block Exemption Regulation does not lead to the adoption of a text which contradicts the spirit and some key definitions that have been agreed upon in the framework of the long and exhaustive discussions about the Ports Regulation. Consistency between rules applicable to ports will be crucial.” concludes FEPORT Secretary General.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release - Adoption in EP of the Ports Regulation - Final

 

Brussels, December 8h, 2016

I AM

Industry Alliance for Multimodal Connectivity and Logistics launched


21 organizations have decided to join forces to voice our priorities concerning multimodal connectivity and logistics for growth


In a spirit of genuine collaboration and partnership, 21 industry associations, representing different modes of transport, cargo owners, freight forwarders, logistics and port service providers, shipyards, transport workers and equipment manufacturers have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the framework of an Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) Connectivity and Logistics for Growth.

The Alliance will express their positions and expectations with regards to EU policy initiatives that could boost and enhance European multimodal connectivity and logistics.
 
The Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) is launched today during the 2nd Annual FEPORT Stakeholders conference taking place in Brussels, where many of the Alliance members are gathering to engage with EU policy makers and regulators.

FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Operators, is one of the founder members of IAM, together with: AIVP - The worldwide network of port cities; BIC -  Bureau International du Conteneur; CLECAT - European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services; EBU - European Barge Association; ECASBA - European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents; ECG – The Association of European Vehicle Logistics; ECSA - European Community Shipowners’ Association; EFIP - European Federation of Inland Ports; EMPA - European Maritime Pilots’ Association; ESPO - European Sea Ports Organisation; ESC - European Shippers Council; ETA - European Tugowners Association; EuDA – European Dredging Association; ICHCA International - the global cargo handling NGO; IRU -International Road Transport Union; PEMA -Port Equipment Manufacturers Association; Sea Europe - the Ships and Maritime Equipment Association; UIP - International Union of Wagon Keepers; UIRR -International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport and UNISTOCK - European association of professional portside storekeepers for agribulk commodities.

The Alliance is also open to other interested bodies pursuing the same objective.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will complement the work of other platforms and initiatives and seek win-win opportunities with them, whilst aiming itself to achieve specific policy objectives and deliverables through joint positions. The members of the Alliance will work in an iterative manner and via an online collaborative platform.

The Alliance will provide industry input to EU decision-makers, TEN-T Corridor Coordinators and relevant EU agencies, operating on a coalition model, on topics where there is consensus.

Areas of mutual interest cover competitiveness, efficiency, reliability, safety, security and sustainability of supply chain, logistics, cargo transport, handling and freight services across the European region.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will decide upon its priorities during an annual plenary meeting to be held in spring 2017. The alliance agenda will be inspired by the EU Commission annual work programmes but also proposals from the members.
To start with   I AM… will be putting the following topics on its agenda: review of the combined transport Directive and the Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

In these challenging times, seamless, sustainable and resilient logistics chains are more important than ever before to Europe’s economic, environmental and social well-being” said Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT, one of the founding organizations.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will facilitate the important dialogue with EU institutions on the current and future policy framework” added Nik Delmeire, Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council.


For more information contact:
Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid
Secretary General of FEPORT
Tel: +32 2 736 41 61

Press release - Announcement of the creation of I AM Connectivity and Logistics for Growth Final 08122016

 

 

Brussels, December 7th, 2016

Time has come to establish a real enabling framework for private investment in the EU and in Member States

Gathered for the General Assembly in Brussels, FEPORT members have formally endorsed the content of the White Paper “2017, 2018 and beyond” which expresses their expectations to policy makers.


The document will be handed out to Commissioner Bulc on December 8th at the beginning of the second Stakeholders’ conference organized by FEPORT in Brussels.


Since many years, private port operators have been contributing to the modernization of European ports and massively investing to accommodate their clients’ expectations on the seaside and landside.


Today, private port operators are facing big challenges.
In the container sector, the ever-increasing alliances are seeking to leverage their position to drive down handling costs, while at the same time expecting port operators to invest in the necessary equipment to handle bigger ships. This situation is becoming unsustainable in a context where the regulatory framework for ports is constantly changing be it at national or European level.


Time has come for the EU and Member States to acknowledge the role of the private sector and to adopt a real enabling framework for private investors. Private port operators cannot continue to invest if the returns from investing in and operating terminals are not sufficient and if the rules applicable to port investments are constantly reinterpreted.


The current depressed growth aggravates the impact of market inefficiencies and reveals the necessity to better target investments on hinterland connections to improve the connectivity of the transport network” says Mr. Gunther Bonz, FEPORT President.


Private port operators are ready to continue to invest but they need a clear and stable framework including fair and transparent governance rules and a real protection from risks of distortion of competition” comments FEPORT President.


Taking risks is part of our business but this should not add up to other risks deriving from a non-stable and non-consistent regulatory framework. If the burden of constraints becomes too heavy, then private investment in ports and beyond will be postponed to the detriment of the European transport sectors” continues FEPORT President.


We are confident that the European Commission and Member States will hear our call as it is a legitimate request that will benefit not only to private port operators but also to the whole maritime logistics chain” concludes Mr. Gunther Bonz.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid
Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release General Assembly - December 7th 2016 final

 

 

Brussels, 15th November, 2016

More-EU-Budget-For-Transport

Transport is an enabler of economic growth and jobs, currently giving jobs to 20 million persons and accounting for 10% of total EU employment. It is therefore crucial to continue to invest in the completion of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) thus allowing to create 10 million additional jobs and 1.8% GDP growth expected by 2030.


Decrease in national transport budgets has led to less and less investments in transport infrastructure and it is anticipated that the non-completion of TEN-T will cause the loss of around 3.2 billion EUR GDP and the non-creation of 11 million job-years.


We cannot afford to stop the effort of completing the TEN-T because this would highly compromise the integration of the different modes of transport and the efficiency of logistics chains in Europe. Our internal and external trade would certainly suffer from a lower ambition in terms of EU financing” comments Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT.


We, transport stakeholders, rely on the Council to make sure that all past efforts regarding the financing of TEN-T are carried on and that Europe’s competitive advantage in terms of transport infrastructure is consolidated thanks to the allocation to the CEF budget of 500 billion Euros” concludes Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.


For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release 15.11.2016 - In view of the Council meeting, 30 EU transport associations reiterate their call for more EU budget for transport

 

 

July 14th, 2016


FEPORT welcomes IMO Secretary General’s proposed theme for 2017 World Maritime Day: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"


Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session at IMO Headquarters in London last July 7th, 2016, Mr. Kitack Lim has said:
"The maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and the people that operate them, can and should play a significant role helping Member States to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability ashore through promoting trade by sea; enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators both on land and, through developing a sustainable blue economy, at sea”.


 “It is a very positive signal to the wider maritime community that M. Kitack Lim has sent by proposing as a theme for 2017 World Maritime Day: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People" says Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT.


“We cannot but support M. Lim’s inclusive approach aiming at involving all actors shipping, public and private port stakeholders with the objective of identifying and promoting the best cooperative practices” continues Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.


Last March 1st, 2016, in the framework of his participation to the 2016 ICHCA conference about 'Bigger Ships, Greater Challenges', M. Lim addressed the important topic of “safe, secure and efficient world maritime trade in the context of new global challenges” and already committed to strive to make the best use of his professional knowledge of the maritime and port industries to promote cooperation between all maritime stakeholders.

“Private Port Operators and terminals are satisfied to see that M. Lim’s statement has translated into a concrete proposal. They are fully committed to play their role to facilitate trade and contribute to economic growth and therefore subscribe to the objectives of the 2017 World Maritime Day”.


“It is essential not to forget that 90% of goods are carried by vessels and that once they reach ports they still need to continue their journey until final destination i.e. end customers. In this respect, as suggested by M. Lim, the role of the other parties of the supply and logistics chain and more particularly port stakeholders is crucial” concludes Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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Phone number: +32 2 218 88 19

 

FEPORT - Press Release- 2017 World Maritime Day - July 14th 2016 Final

 

  

July 7th, 2016


BCT and AGCT become members of FEPORT


Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), located in Port of Gdynia (Poland), and Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), located in Port of Rijeka (Croatia), two companies owned by International Container Terminal Services, Inc Capital B.V. become members of FEPORT.


ICTSI Capital B.V is the Dutch subsidiary of ICTSI Inc. the global port operator based in Manila and involved in about 30 terminal concessions and port development projects in more than 20 countries (two of them in Europe). The company develops, manages and operates container terminals in the 50,000 to 2.5 m TEU per year range.


BCT
With a current annual handling capacity of some 750.000 TEUs, and a potential capacity of 1.2m TEUs, the Port of Gdynia's Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) is the leading container terminal in Poland and one of the largest in the Baltic region.
In May 2003, ICTSI was awarded a concession by the Port Authority of Gdynia to develop, operate and manage the container terminal in Gdynia, Poland. The terminal handles containerized, general, ro-ro, lo-lo cargo, heavy and oversized cargo. ICTSI Capital BV owns 100% of BCT. Volumes handled by BCT are between 300,000 and almost 500,000 TEU per year nowadays. The company employs 270 people today.

AGCT
In March 2011, ICTSI and Luka Rijeka d.d forged a 30-year strategic partnership for the operation, management and development of the Bradjica Container Terminal in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia’s main seaport. The Terminal is operated by Adriatic Gate jsc, a unit of Luka Rijeka. ICTSI Capital BV and Luka Rijeka signed agreements allowing the former to buy 51% Adriatic Gate. The terminal handles containerized and roll on-roll off cargo. Volumes handled here were some 160,000 TEU per year the last 2 years. AGCT employs 141 people.


"We are excited and feel privileged to join FEPORT. Our membership will strengthen the voice of terminals in European fora and also in our home markets. We also believe that through joint work and discussions with other FEPORT members, we will be able to contribute to positive development of the industry in Poland and Croatia but also in the rest of Europe.” commented Mr. Krzysztof Szymborski, CEO of Baltic Container Terminal (BCT).   


"We are very glad to welcome BCT and ACGT as new members of FEPORT because we do believe that the more united terminal operators are, the better they will be able to raise awareness about the contribution of our industry to the European Economy. We are delighted to start a win-win relationship with them.” said Mr Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT.

 

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Krzysztof Szymborski, CEO, Baltic Container Terminal (BCT)
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FEPORT - Press Release- New FEPORT members July 7th 2016

 

June 30th, 2016


Trilogue on Ports Regulation: agreement reached on June 27th, 2016


On Monday the 27th of June, in the framework of the last trilogue meeting under the Dutch Presidency, representatives of the three institutions have reached an agreement on a compromise text of the Ports Regulation.


A large merit for this important successful outcome is owed to M. Knut Fleckenstein, his staff and to the Shadow Rapporteurs who have constantly consulted port stakeholders with the objective of producing a balanced text which among others contributes to a clarification of the applicable rules in terms of financial transparency of European ports.


The compromise text also acknowledges the existence of a diversity of ports models, the existence of competition in the cargo handling industry and includes social provisions that have been supported both by FEPORT and ETF.


FEPORT also warmly congratulates the Dutch Presidency negotiators for their efforts in reconciling the positions within the Council during the whole process of discussions and between the Commission and the European Parliament. FEPORT is looking forward to continuing the open dialogue with the Commission (DG MOVE) as it has prevailed these last months.


“By calling for a vote “en bloc” for M. Fleckenstein’s report during the European Parliament Plenary last March 8th, FEPORT and its port sister organizations have given the best evidence that contrary to what is often pretended the port sector is not conservative nor opposed to change. It is a “living” cluster ready to play its role for further sustainable growth and development to the benefit of the transport and logistics sector in Europe.” comments Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.


“Looking ahead, an important discussion regarding the GBER (Global Block Exemption Regulation) which also concerns ports will take place in the coming months and we sincerely hope that a real cooperative spirit and dialogue will continue to prevail be it with DG Competition or DG MOVE. Private investors need to have visibility and legal stability to be able to engage. It is therefore essential that the port sector is supported by a European sustainable and business friendly port and competition policy” concludes Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release- Agreement about Ports Regulation June 27th 2016

 

 

Brussels, June 20th, 2016

More-EU-Budget-For-Transport

FEPORT joins its voice to 28 other EU transport associations 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 (MFF)


As from today, more than 2000 participants will gather in Rotterdam to attend to the TEN-T Days 2016. FEPORT hopes that this event will contribute to raise awareness about the crucial role played by transport.


FEPORT members are looking forward to attending to the "Investors Conference" that will target investors to give them more practical advice on how successfully use the opportunities offered by the Investment Plan for Europe as well as the Connecting Europe Facility.


The expected strong participation to the TEN-T days among others underlines the interest and expectations that transport stakeholders and institutional actors grant to the issue of infrastructure financing and its role.


Transport is an enabler of economic growth and jobs, currently giving jobs to 20 million persons and accounting for 10% of total EU employment. It is therefore crucial to continue to invest in the completion of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) thus allowing to create 10 million additional jobs and 1.8% GDP growth expected by 2030.


Decrease in national transport budgets has led to less and less investments in transport infrastructure and it is anticipated that the non-completion of TEN-T will cause the loss of around 3.2 billion EUR GDP and the non-creation of 11 million job-years.


“We cannot afford to stop the effort of completing the TEN-T because this would highly compromise the integration of the different modes of transport and the efficiency of logistics chains in Europe. Our internal and external trade would certainly suffer from a lower ambition in terms of EU financing” comments Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT


“We, transport stakeholders, rely on the European Parliament and the Council to make sure that all past efforts regarding the financing of TEN-T are carried on and that Europe’s competitive advantage in terms of transport infrastructure is consolidated thanks to the allocation to the CEF budget of 500 billion Euros” concludes Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release More EU Budget for Transport June 20th 2016

 

 

Valencia, June 10th, 2016

New FEPORT publication: “Sustainable Terminals”, How Private Port Operators and Terminals invest in Sustainability

 

FEPORT Sustainable Terminals Brochure frontpage


Taking the opportunity of their presence in Valencia for the General Assembly meeting co-hosted by ANESCO and Noatum, FEPORT members are glad to present a new publication regarding the environmental friendly actions they have been implemented all over European ports.


The publication entitled ”Sustainable Terminals”, How Private Port Operators and Terminals invest in Sustainability is a testimonial-brochure about engagement, investment and action.


Bringing global emissions down to a sustainable level is possibly the biggest issue that has to be addressed in the 21st century. Terminal Operators are already mobilized to play a positive and proactive role in this respect and are investing millions of Euros in sustainable equipment. They are also training their employees to perform environmental friendly operations on terminals.” comments Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT.


 “Given the fact that the pollution originating from terminal Operations accounts for less than 10% in ports, terminal operators are perfectly aware that they cannot solve alone problems of pollution, they are working with their partners along logistics chains to minimize the effects transport operations and improve the “intermodality footprint”. We also remain confident that other parties of the chain will also take their responsibilities” adds Gunther Bonz.


FEPORT members are working together to convert environmental challenges into innovative solutions. Major global container terminal operators, have for instance displayed a huge commitment to develop a commonly agreed methodology for calculating their carbon emissions. I am glad to state that this methodology is commonly used by the major terminal operators throughout the world, and we are active in looking to expand its use.” explains Daniele Ciulli, FEPORT Environment, Safety and Security Committee Chair.


Terminal Operators have proven to be supportive of European legislation, such as the NRMM Regulation, which will have a real impact on the environment in the long-term. As this brochure shows it, when it comes to environmental initiatives, concrete actions and investment become the best evidence of their proactivity” says Conor Feighan, FEPORT Policy Advisor on environmental issues.


“This brochure is a first testimonial because for terminal operators, engagement in favor of sustainability is an ongoing process allowing those who are early movers to confirm that being sustainable also means to be profitable over the long term” concludes Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General
M. Conor Feighan, Policy Advisor
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FEPORT - Press Release General Assembly - Valencia - Enviornment Brochure June 10th 2016

FEPORT publication: “Sustainable Terminals”, How Private Port Operators and Terminals invest in Sustainability

 

 

Brussels, March 4th, 2016

Vote in Plenary about Ports Regulation: call to MEPs to vote “en bloc” for the compromise text

Last January 25th, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted “en bloc” the compromise amendments which resulted from the discussions between MEP and Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein and the Shadow Rapporteurs on the proposal for the Port Services Regulation.

We really appreciate the efforts that have been made by Rapporteur Fleckenstein to reach a compromise text thanks to an inclusive dialogue involving different stakeholders.” commented FEPORT’s Secretary General, Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid. “We particularly support the exclusion of cargo handling from chapter II, organization of port services. The competitiveness of the cargo handling industry is thus recognized, particularly in a context where efforts to respond to customers’ demand are so significant in terms of investments and continuous adaptation” continued Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

Over the last ten years, private terminal operators, members of FEPORT, have invested upwards of 40 Billion Euros in infrastructure and equipment. “This is the reason why we value the reference in the compromise text to the necessity for managing bodies of ports to engage in sustainable consultation with private investors who make significant investments” explained Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

FEPORT also subscribes to the progress made to ensure that financial transparency prevails when Port Authorities undertake commercial activities which compete with existing private operators.
Last but not least, the inclusion of references to social dialogue and training have also been supported by FEPORT and have been the subject of an agreement with ETF.

M. Fleckenstein’s report should be supported in Plenary. FEPORT therefore kindly requests from MEPs to vote in favor of the text “en bloc” and to grant to M. Fleckenstein the necessary mandate to start negotiations with the Council and the European Commission.


For more information, please contact:
Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release - Vote in Plenary about Ports Regulation - call to MEPs to vote en bloc for the compromise text - final version

 

 

01.03.2016

ICHCA and FEPORT join forces at global and European level to raise the profile of the cargo handling industry.

The signed agreement with the Federation of European Private Port Operators will provide a framework for knowledge sharing and cooperation on port operations and cargo handling issues.

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ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO association, has agreed to work with the Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT) on matters of mutual interest. The two associations signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding on Mar 1 2016 at the ICHCA International 2016 Conference on “Bigger Ships, Greater Challenges”.

The conference was attended by the IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, Ms Desiree Oen, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Transport Commissioner, Ms Violeta Bulc, officials and industry representatives of more than 34 countries.

FEPORT President Günther Bonz spoke at the ICHCA Conference, where he expressed the views of the European private port and terminal operator community on the challenges posed by bigger ships and other key operational issues for the sector. He was joined by a delegation of senior FEPORT executives and members.

ICHCA International represents the interests of its 160 voting members, over 6,500 associate members and the industry at large in front of key UN regulatory bodies, including the International Maritime Organization. The Association provides a focal point for cross-party dialogue and knowledge sharing among different members of the cargo handling chain and promotes good practice in safe and efficient operations across sea, land and air, including containerised, bulk and other cargo types.

Founded in 1993 and located in Brussels, FEPORT is a policy-led and policy-driven organisation that speaks on behalf of terminal operators and stevedoring companies carrying out activities in the seaports of the European Union and Turkey. Its members include over 1,200 companies with over 400 ports located throughout the EU and Turkey. The Federation promotes the interests of its members by maintaining regular dialogue with all EU institutional and non-institutional stakeholders. 

The ICHCA International 2016 Conference is currently mid-way through the first of two days of sessions. Bringing together a cross-section of industry and institutional stakeholders, the conference has so far included keynotes from the Secretary General of the IMO and Deputy Head of Cabinet for the EU Transport Commission.


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Information for the media:
For more information on this release, and to discuss media partnerships and press passes, please contact Holly Thompson, Communications Officer at ICHCA International.
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About ICHCA International
Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety and productivity of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the international cargo handling chain.
www.ichca.com | www.ichca-australia.com
Follow us on Twitter @ICHCA2


About FEPORT
FEPORT represents the interests of stevedoring companies and terminal operators at a European level. FEPORT’s members directly employ 220,000 port workers and its company members are among the top 15 global terminal operators in the world, representing a total share of 50 percent of the world’s gross throughput.

FEPORT groups its interests into nine broad categories: port policy, transport policy, maritime policy, security, safety and the environment, logistics, customs and internal market procedures, social policy (social dialogue) and R&D. The Federation’s objectives are: to inform and advise its members on European port-related matters, to discuss and formulate common points of view on European policy issues, to serve as an interlocutor for EU institutions and other national or international organisations and to share technical and operational know-how.
www.feport.eu
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For more information on this release, please contact Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, FEPORT Secretary General:
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ICHCA and FEPORT join forces at global and European level to raise the profiles of the cargo handling industry

 

 

27-01-2016

FEPORT among the organizations supporting the EU Operational Guidelines on Places of Refuge

Last January 27th, at the occasion of the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Costal Areas (SEARICA) Intergroup meeting in the European Parliament under the patronage of MEP Gesine Meissner, Chair of the Intergroup and MEP Michael Cramer, Chair of the TRAN Committee and in the presence of Mrs. Bulc, Commissionner for transport, FEPORT, other industry stakeholders, the Commission and EMSA co-signed a joint declaration in support of the recently adopted EU Operational Guidelines on Places of Refuge.

The Guidelines are the positive result of the "tripartite" efforts, during three years, of Member States authorities, the Commission, EMSA and industry stakeholders concerned by the issue of Places of Refuge.

"What has taken place in the framework of the Co-operation group on places of refuge is in many respect a best practice that we would like to see replicated on other issues" said Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT. "Indeed, agreeing on the chain of communication in a situation of emergency concerning a ship in distress is crucial and who can better that those who are involved in the management of this type of event, agree about the procedures, and decisions to be implemented" continued, Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

"It was important that Member States authorities listen to industry and vice versa and this dialogue must continue to improve the Guidelines if needed be. I am sure that the lessons learnt from the ongoing management of the situation of distress faced by MV/Modern Express and other similar events will provide good opportunities to assess the relevance and added value of the Operational Guidelines" added Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

"FEPORT wants to thank the European Commission and EMSA for their active role in the elaboration of the EU Operational Guidelines for Places of Refuge and hopes indeed that the Co-operation group on places of refuge will carry on its work on the other topics."  

Regarding insurance, liability and compensation, "FEPORT will certainely remain committed to dialogue with other stakeholders and with the Commission to find pragmatic solutions" concluded Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

 

23-01-2016

Adoption of the Ports Regulation compromise text in TRAN Committee: A step forward but in need of a clear mandate

Yesterday afternoon, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted the compromise amendments which resulted from the discussions between MEP and Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein and the Shadow Rapporteurs on the proposal for the Port Services Regulation.


“We really appreciate the efforts that have been made by all involved parties to find agreement and we value the good cooperation we had with Rapporteur Fleckenstein and the Shadow Rapporteurs as well as with all MEPs with whom we had a chance to exchange. FEPORT was skeptical about the added value of the initial version of the text because it was mainly focusing on market access to port services at a moment European ports are facing other important challenges in a context of a depressed growth. We have been glad to see that Rapporteur Fleckenstein has taken the option of an inclusive dialogue involving different stakeholders. ” commented FEPORT’s Secretary General, Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid


“We particularly support the exclusion of cargo handling from chapter II, organization of port services. The competitiveness of the cargo handling industry is thus recognized, particularly in a context where efforts to respond to customers’ demand are so significant in terms of investments and continuous adaptation” continued Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid. 


Over the last ten years, private terminal operators, members of FEPORT, have invested upwards of 40 Billion Euros in infrastructure and equipment. “This is the reason why we value the reference in the compromise text to the necessity for managing bodies of ports to engage in sustainable consultation with private investors who make significant investments” explained Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.


FEPORT also subscribes to the progress made to ensure that financial transparency prevails when Port Authorities undertake commercial activities which compete with existing private operators.


Last but not least, the inclusion of references to social dialogue and training have also been supported by FEPORT and been the subject of an agreement with ETF.


Regarding the necessary mandate to Rapporteur Fleckenstein to start the negotiations with Council and the Commission, Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid stated “we hope that MEPs will reconsider the issue of the mandate soon to allow M. Fleckenstein to continue his good work on behalf of the European Parliament”.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release - Adoption of the Ports Regulation compromise text in TRAN Committee A step forward but in need of a clear mandate

 

 

19-01-2016


Terminal Operators request clarity on implementation of SOLAS weighing rules at national levels


Within less than six months, new SOLAS container weighing rules will come into force and there is still a lack of information and harmonization at national level regarding their implementation.


FEPORT calls on national authorities to develop guidelines that protect the efficiency of the logistics chain and do not create competitive distortions between Member States.


“From 01 July 2016, all containers to be loaded on a vessel will need to be accompanied by a Verified Gross Mass (VGM). As of now, industry actors have released guidelines on the implementation of SOLAS requirement, but guidance from national authorities is still absent in many cases” commented Mr. Jasper Nagtegaal, Chairman of the Customs and Logistics Committee.


 “A lack of national guidelines will ultimately lead to confusion in implementation and will have an adverse impact on operations and lead to possible competitive distortion” concluded Mr. Jasper Nagtegaal.


FEPORT strongly encourages Member States, if not already done so, to draft guidelines which adopts a pragmatic approach and do not lead to competition distortion between Member States.


FEPORT and its members are ready to cooperate with Member States and with the other actors in the logistics chain to elaborate national guidelines which are commonly accepted and implementable.

 

FEPORT - Press Release on weighing of containers - Final

 

 

11-01-2015

ICHCA to sign MoU with FEPORT at upcoming ICHCA International Conference - press release

Agreement with the Federation of European Private Port Operators will provide a framework for knowledge sharing and cooperation on port operations and cargo handling issues 

06.01.2016 - ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO association, has agreed to work with the Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT) on matters of mutual interest. The two associations will sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding on Mar 1 2016 at the ICHCA International 2016 Conference on “Bigger Ships, Greater Challenges”, which will run from 29 Feb – 2 Mar at the World Trade Center, Barcelona, Spain. 

FEPORT President Günther Bonz will speak at the ICHCA Conference, where he will express the views of the European private port and terminal operator community on the challenges posed by bigger ships and other key operational issues for the sector. He will be joined by a delegation of senior FEPORT executives and members.

ICHCA International represents the interests of its 160 voting members, over 6,500 associate members and the industry at large in front of key UN regulatory bodies, including the International Maritime Organization. The Association provides a focal point for cross-party dialogue and knowledge sharing among different members of the cargo handling chain and promotes good practice in safe and efficient operations across sea, land and air, including containerised, bulk and other cargo types.

Founded in 1993 and located in Brussels, FEPORT is a policy-led and policy-driven organisation that speaks on behalf of terminal operators and stevedoring companies carrying out activities in the seaports of the European Union and Turkey. Its members include over 1,200 companies with over 400 ports located throughout the EU and Turkey. The Federation promotes the interests of its members by maintaining regular dialogue with all EU institutional and non-institutional stakeholders. 


“ICHCA is delighted to be working more closely with FEPORT,” said David Bendall, Chairman of ICHCA International. “Ports and terminals play a critical role as key nodes in international cargo handling chains and are already a focus within ICHCA. This agreement will help our two associations share knowledge and combine forces on matters of mutual interest at a European and global level,” he added.

“We are very happy to be signing this MoU with ICHCA, which will enable us to connect our work at the European level with ICHCA’s international efforts and initiatives,” said FEPORT President Mr. Gunther Bonz. “We are looking forward to co-operating with ICHCA on a number of issues that are relevant to both sides and to strengthening these links in the next few years. Signing the MoU at the Conference is just the first step.”

Bringing together a cross-section of industry and institutional stakeholders, including keynotes from the Secretary General of the IMO and Deputy Head of Cabinet for the EU Transport Commission, the ICHCA International 2016 Conference includes two days of sessions, site visit to the Port of Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean's largest and most diverse cargo handling and logistics hubs and extensive networking opportunities, including two drinks receptions.
Book now via this link: https://www.etouches.com/ichcaconference.

 

Information for the media:
For more information on this release, and to discuss media partnerships and press passes, please contact Holly Thompson, Communications Officer at ICHCA International.
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About ICHCA International
Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety and productivity of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the international cargo handling chain.
www.ichca.com | www.ichca-australia.com
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Follow us on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/ichca-international

About FEPORT
FEPORT represents the interests of stevedoring companies and terminal operators at a European level. FEPORT’s members directly employ 220,000 port workers and its company members are among the top 15 global terminal operators in the world, representing a total share of 50 percent of the world’s gross throughput.

FEPORT groups its interests into nine broad categories: port policy, transport policy, maritime policy, security, safety and the environment, logistics, customs and internal market procedures, social policy (social dialogue) and R&D. The Federation’s objectives are: to inform and advise its members on European port-related matters, to discuss and formulate common points of view on European policy issues, to serve as an interlocutor for EU institutions and other national or international organisations and to share technical and operational know-how.
www.feport.eu
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04-12-2015

ABP becomes a member of FEPORT - press release

 

ABP, UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales has become as from today a member of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Operators Association which represents the interests of the terminal operators and stevedoring companies performing operations and carrying out activities in the seaports of the European Union and Turkey.

"Private ports have a critical role in facilitating trade in the UK and across Europe. Making sure public policy can enable these ports to continue to attract investment and deliver for customers is vital. We are therefore delighted to join FEPORT and support its important work” commented James Cooper, Chief Executive, Associated British Ports (ABP).    


"We are very glad to welcome ABP as a member of FEPORT. ABP is a leading UK private ports group which plays a significant economic role by investing in infrastructure thus contributing to facilitate a whole range of businesses. Private Port Operators, members of FEPORT are investing massively, i.e. more than 40 Billion Euros over the last 10 years to modernize European ports. We will continue to raise EU policy makers’ awareness about the role we are playing” said Mr Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT.

 

For more information, please contact:

Mr Gareth Lewis, ABP Corporate Communications Manager
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Press Release - ABP becomes a member of FEPORT

 

 

04-12-2015

FEPORT's General Assembly 03.12.2015 - press release

“When dialogue and cooperation between seaside and landside prevail, no further regulation is needed”

 

Gathered for the General Assembly in Brussels, FEPORT members touched upon some of the topics to be discussed in the framework of the Stakeholders’ conference hosted by FEPORT on the same day.


Terminal operators, like other actors of the chain, are facing challenges resulting from the increase in size of ships. They are since many years massively investing in equipment and adapting to accommodate their clients’ needs. FEPORT members are ready to continue to do it as long as they can recoup their investments. This is unfortunately becoming more and more difficult due to the rapid obsolescence of the equipment used to accommodate ships which are getting bigger and bigger.


There is general agreement among FEPORT members that it has become urgent for all institutional and non-institutional stakeholders to acknowledge the ever increasingly obvious cascading effects resulting from the increasing size of ships on the whole logistics chain. Those effects and the subsequent costs to adapt and build infrastructure and superstructure, to reorganize the work force and the logistics chain, to mitigate the environmental effects of all necessary operations are becoming a source of concern in a context of low growth.


Dialogue between the landside and the sea side must therefore start now because it constitutes one relevant option to handle operational challenges along the chain thus avoiding unnecessary further regulation.


FEPORT members are looking forward to, as of today, starting a fruitful dialogue with all actors of the supply and logistics chain as well as with all EU institutional stakeholders to further raise awareness about the challenges the logistics chain is facing.


All parties involved in supply and logistics chains are contributing to the EU economy and creating jobs and want to continue to do it. It is therefore important to discuss with each other to make sure that decisions by some parties of the chain do not become detrimental to the competitiveness of other EU businesses.” commented Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT.


For more information, please contact:
Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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FEPORT - Press Release General Assembly - December 3rd 2015

 

 

15-09-2015

High Level meeting between ETF and FEPORT

ETF logo               FEPORT logo

 

ETF and FEPORT high Level representatives have met in Hamburg on September 15th and 16th, 2015 to exchange about evolutions in the European port sector and explore possible agreements and common positions about issues of interest for both organizations.

 

ETF and FEPORT High level meeting, 15-16.09.2015

 

 

 

16-07-2015

Private investors play a key role in European Ports

Brussels, July 16th, 2015, a high level delegation of private port terminals representatives and CEOs discussed with Commissioner Bulc the key role of private investors in the modernization and competiveness of European Ports

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FEPORT’s President, Gunther Bonz explained that in many ports the amount of private investments is significant and often equals or exceeds public investments: “This justifies an increased involvement of the private sector in the discussions and decision making processes regarding the development of port projects both at EU and national levels.”


Members of the FEPORT’s delegation gave their vision about the future of European ports. For them, smooth development of projects, clear and transparent contracting and implementing procedures as well as transparency about public funding are fundamental prerequisites to attract sustainable investments in European ports.


The private sector has taken the lead to innovate and modernize port operations. Use of technological innovation is expanding and significant resources are allocated to training so as to improve safety and efficiency on terminals.


Private port operators are playing a key enabling role for the maritime logistics chain at a moment many European ports are facing big challenges to accommodate bigger and bigger ships  not only  container but also for Ro-Ro, Cruise etc and taking concrete measures to mitigate the environmental and societal side effects.


Simplification of administrative procedures and the establishment of a real “single window” are key success factors of a future holistic maritime logistics strategy that terminal operators would support and feed with concrete proposals.


Physical connection to the transport network and to the wider logistics chain on the land side is vital particularly if it takes into account the evolution of the needs of the sea side.


In this respect, in connection with the future maritime year, terminal operators would welcome more dialogue between all maritime logistics stakeholders. Such a dialogue would certainly allow better understanding of the needs and expectations of all parties and would help to prioritize projects, to make targeted investments and to introduce simplification where needed.


FEPORT members reaffirmed their commitment to the ongoing social dialogue process which will allow social partners to manage the coming changes in ports. In this respect, they thanked Commissioner Bulc for her recognition of the results achieved so far by social partners, and for her support to their efforts at EU but also company, local and national levels.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General

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FEPORT  - European Private Port Terminals Operators

Private investments and innovation in European ports :
1200 companies, 400 terminals
40 Billion Euros of private investment over the past 10 years in equipment and infrastructure.

Innovators and managers of change :
Use of new technologies, digitalization, Green and environmental friendly equipment

Contributors to GDP: 68 Billion Euros

Employers : 220 000 EU port workers

“Enablers” of value and job creation beyond the port segment :
Between 810 000 and 1 050 000 indirect jobs

 

 

FEPORT_Press_Release_Meeting_with_Commissioner_Bulc_July_16th_2015_Final.pdf

 

 

 

16-06-2015

EU-level port social partners meet Commissioner Bulc

On June 16th, 2015, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc met with the ESPO, ETF, FEPORT and IDC to discuss the achievements, current work, priorities and expectations of the Sectoral Social dialogue Committee for ports.

 

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On June 16th, 2015, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc met with the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF), the Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT) and the International Dockers’ Council (IDC), to discuss the achievements, current work, priorities and expectations of the Sectoral Social dialogue Committee for ports and listen to Commissioner Bulc's priorities regarding the port sector.

In June 2013, ESPO, ETF, FEPORT and IDC established, with the support of the European Commission, the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for ports. In their opening statement social partners confirmed that the Committee aims at contributing to the sector competitiveness while creating and retaining good jobs. They reminded that amongst the issues under discussion in their Work Programme from 2015-2016 there are occupational health and safety issues, training and qualifications, and the promotion of female employment in the sector, although the scope of the agenda will be widened on a step by step approach to include other topics of relevance for the sector.

Social partners emphasized certain challenges that the European port sector faces and that impact both its competitiveness and social dimension, such as the ever increasing size of ships; the competition from non-EU ports; the need to timely negotiate new working patterns and provide adequate training for technological innovation and minimise its social impact; the lack of adequate investments on hinterland infrastructures, which should be improved in order to cope with growing volumes, together with the removal of administrative barriers to the internal market; new energy landscapes and societal environmental pressure for the introduction of green technology; the need to ensure good working conditions and good social partnership in all ports.

Social partners reiterated their commitment to further strengthen trust amongst them and to work towards an even closer cooperation with the European institutions. They will keep working on an ambitious work programme and agenda to achieve concrete results and reflect the evolution and dynamism of the port sector. Social partners also voiced their expectations. They among others expressed their wish to be consulted by the European Commission upstream of initiatives regarding the port sector.

Additionally, social partners requested more support to social dialogue, both politically and in terms of resources. Cross-sectoral cooperation amongst different committees on specific subjects would be more than welcome. The four organizations renewed their appeal to give priority to social dialogue as already declared in their statement from December 2014.

Commissioner Bulc said “I feel honoured to be here today. European ports are a dynamic environment and a huge source of employment in Europe. Social partners expressed today great expectations and strong commitments. I am determined to be a fair companion for them and maintain close dialogue”.

 

 

 

ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) represents 340 trade unions and 3.5 million workers in all transport modes

ESPO in its capacity of representing Bulgarian Port Infrastructure Company, Cyprus Port Authority, Union des Ports de France, Transport Malta, NC Port Administration Constantza, Sveriges Hamnar, British Ports Association, UK Major Ports Group.

FEPORT representing employers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain & Slovenia

IDC (International Dockworkers Council) represents 16.000 port workers in European ports

 

 

Press Release SSDP 16 June Meeting Commissioner Bulc

 

 

12-06-2015

PEMA and FEPORT sign a MoU, June 12th 2015

Mr. Ottonel Popesco, President of the Board of PEMA and Mr. Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

PEMA, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association representing global port equipment and technology sectors, including crane, equipment and component manufacturers; automation, software and technology providers; consultants and other experts and FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Operators Association FEPORT representing the interests of the terminal operators and stevedoring companies performing operations and carrying out activities in the seaports of the European Union and Turkey have decided to formalise the strengthening of their cooperation through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to create the framework for cooperation that will enable PEMA and FEPORT to benefit from the common activities in their respective strategies. This will further mutual understanding, and, where areas of joint interest have been identified, close coordination between the Parties.

PEMA and FEPORT have agreed to establish a program of cooperation, which will include agreed actions and initiatives (meetings, sharing and exchange of information, ad hoc task forces etc.) to enhance their respective impact on issues and topics where both organizations have common interest.

Our mission is to provide a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade”, commented Mr Ottonel Popesco, President of the Board of PEMA and CEO of Cavotec SA. “By entering into this cooperation with FEPORT we will be able to better serve our respective members and the industry as a whole”, he continued.

"The port sector is facing important challenges which will require port stakeholders mobilize all kind of resources HR, R&D and financial etc...to adapt and also prepare the future. Within FEPORT, we think that a close cooperation with PEMA will allow to better respond to the market's expectations and to identify the major areas which require innovation" said Mr Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT. "We are glad to start join forces with PEMA to the benefit of the port industry”.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ms Rachael White, Secretary General of PEMA
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Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT
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Press Release - Signature of MoU between PEMA and FEPORT - June 12th 2015

 

 

 

25-09-2014

Intra and inter port competition between port operators is a reality in EU ports

When in 2013 the European Commission initially proposed a Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports, FEPORT, the European organization which represents the interests of the terminal operators and stevedoring companies located out of the seaports of the European Union expressed its skepticism about the real added value of the text. Indeed, while supporting the objectives of the regulation (freedom to provide services, financial transparency of public funding and encouraging private sector investment in ports), port operators strongly reaffirmed that cargo handling was already a competitive industry.

The ease by which shipping lines and shippers change ports of call, as demonstrated by a myriad of examples; clearly demonstrate that inter-port competition is a major, if not the main, driver imposing fierce competitive pressure on the European cargo handling sector in ports.
In most European ports, terminal operators’ customers and clients are directly benefiting from modern terminals with new services and efficient hinterland connections.

Acknowledging the competitive character of the cargo handling industry, Commission, Parliament and since the beginning of the Italian Presidency last July 2014, Council, have confirmed that the rules regarding market access will not apply to cargo handling.
FEPORT, supports their decision and strongly recommends that the other articles of the Port Regulation remain coherent with the principles included in the chapter regarding market access avoiding thus risks of misinterpretation.

It is also essential that future discussions between the Commission and the co-legislators take into account the initial objectives of the text which were among others to protect port operators from potential legal uncertainties and excessive administrative burdens.

FEPORT would like to remind that port activities contribute directly to employment, inward investment and EU GDP growth. It is therefore absolutely vital that the text that will emerge from discussions between co-legislators will not annihilate the terminal operators’ efforts to remain performant and competitive.

FEPORT is looking forward to continuing its cooperation with Commission, Parliament and Council to the benefit of the competitiveness of EU cargo handling activities.

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