The EU Maritime Transport Policy and the Seaports

Politika Europske Unije I Morske Luke

The aim of the European Union (EU) maritime transportation policy is to ensure that services, goods, and people are freely and efficiently carried in an environmentally and socially beneficial, economical and safe way. The EU transportation policy can integrate national transportation networks and transportation means in addition to breaking down, among member states, fiscal, technical, and physical passenger and goods traffic barriers. By switching to sea and other non-road transportation means, road traffic overload and related economic charges should be reduced and the environment better protected, making this the focus of EU transportation policy. In order to unburden major European roads and bottlenecks incapable of supporting increasing traffic, further sea-lane development and shipping improvements are priorities. Further EU maritime transportation development, therefore, is exclusively dependent on seaport operation that is efficient and powerful. The 18 Trans European Transport Networks (TEN-T) development guidelines have been defined by the EU, and include a place for seaports. TEN-T seaport safety improvement assistance has to be the focus of special activities, when seaports are considered, in order to create, within a port itself, an internal market, and to create equal port operating conditions. The European Seaports Organization (ESPO) has acted as the EU seaports' management, associations, and authorities representative since 1993. ESPO's aim in influencing EU political bodies is to achieve an ecologically sustainable, effective, and safe European seaport sector able to function as the economy's transportation branch's key element when there is maximum prevalence of free market conditions. Seaport policy's basic goal is to ensure, provided that the tariff policy is transparent as it relates to all port services users within the EU, free and loyal seaport competition and equal operating conditions. Consistent policy creation is expected by seaports from the EU, achieved through a general three key area activity framework: wider community stimulation for seaport responsibility assumption, taking steps to offer, within the transportation chain, efficient and competitive port services, and easier ways to building hinterland links, seaport access roads, and port capacities.


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  • Pagination: pp 221-232
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  • Created Date: Aug 1 2007 8:56AM