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The eighth annual conference of the ESP will be held on 5 and 6 May in Limassol

The meeting will focus on issues of policy and practice in port sector

The next 5 to 6 May at the Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol will host the eighth annual conference of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) organized by the European ports in cooperation with the Cyprus Port Authority.

This year's meeting will focus on issues of policy and practice in port sector by combining it with a revision of the European policy framework for ports.

ESPO has shown that the performance of the ports is a concept made up of many aspects and can relate to port operations and logistics, trends and market structure, environment and social integration, socio-economic and governance . The association pointed out to be a coordinator of the project PPrism (Port Performance Indicators - Selection and Measurement), which is co-financed by the European Union. At a conference in Limassol, the project partners will present the progress of PPrism and illustrate the development of a European system of evaluation of performance of the ports.

The second topic of the conference is the result of the decision of the European Commission to consider this year the policy framework for ports. This review will cover the development and financing of infrastructure concessions, market access to port services, modernization, port work and many other topics.


Day One: Thursday, 5 May 20


Special Interest Seminar: Port Development in the East Mediterranean

Chair: Dr. Thanos Pallis, University of the Aegean

Introductions by representatives of the Suez Canal Authority and the European Commission

Yiorgos Anomeritis, President and CEO, Port of Piraeus
Bojan Hlaca, Executive Director, Port of Rijeka
Yiannakis Kokkinos, CEO, Cyprus Port Authority
Dov Frohlinger, COO, Israel Ports Authority


Official Opening of the ESPO 2011 Conference

Victor Schoenmakers, Chairman, ESPO

Chrysis Prentzas, Chairman, Cyprus Port Authority


Opening Keynote Speech

Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Minister of Communications and Works, Republic of Cyprus


Economic Outlook for Ports and Shipping: a Post-recession Analysis

Chair and introduction: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Hofstra University New York and Dr. Theo Notteboom, Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA)

Panel discussion with senior shipping, terminal and logistics operators




Port Performance: Introduction of the First Conference Theme

Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, ESPO


Perspectives on Port performance

Logistics perspective : Walter Van Mechelen, Business Development Director, Gosselin Group / Chairman, Alfaport Antwerp
Financial Perspective : Dan Clague, Managing Director, Hawkpoint
Societal Perspective : Enrico Musso, Member of the Italian Parliament




Towards a European 'dashboard' of port performance indicators

Interactive Session with the Audience on the Interim Results of the PPRISM Project.
Introduced and chaired by the PPRISM project partners:
Dr. Peter de Langen, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Dr. Michael Dooms, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dr. Theo Notteboom, ITMMA
Dr. Thanos Pallis, University of the Aegean
Dr. Chris Wooldridge, Cardiff University


How should well-performing ports be 'branded' ?

Stef Verbeeck, Senior Image Consultant, Verbeeck & Ujvari Image Consultants


End of the first conference day


Conference Dinner and visit of the port of Limassol

Day Two: Friday, 6 May 2011


Welcome coffee


Port Policy Review: Introduction of the Second Conference Theme

Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, ESPO


Evaluation of the EU policy framework for ports: state of play and way forward

Interactive session introduced and chaired by Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Ports Policy, DG Move, European Commission

Further speakers to be announced


EU Funding of Seaports: a Performance Analysis

Luc T'Joen, Principal Auditor, European Court of Auditors




How can EU Policy Stimulate Effective and Efficient Governance of European Ports ?

Panel Discussion with:

Yiannakis Kokkinos, General Manager, Cyprus Port Authority
Paolo Costa, President, Port of Venice
Ramón Gómez Ferrer, President, Port of Valencia
Daan Schalck, CEO, Port of Ghent
Bjarne Mathiesen, CEO, Port of Aarhus
Richard Everitt, Chief Executive, Port of London Authority

Chair: Dirk Sterckx, Member of the European Parliament


Closing keynote address

Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission / Commissioner for Transport


Closing of the ESPO 2011 Conference

Victor Schoenmakers, Chairman, ESPO

Ryszard Strzyzewicz, President Port of Gdansk and Janusz Jarosinski, President Port of Gdynia, Hosts of the ESPO 2012 Conference


Closing lunch

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