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May 11, 2012

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ESPO anticipates a Manifesto for giving a common programmatica base to the European ports

The association invites the institutions and the EU to favor the sustainable development of the marine ports of call

Today to Sopot, in Poland, in the course of the second day of the assembly anniversary of the association, the general secretary of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO), Patrick Verhoeven, it has introduced the "Manifest Port", that it is approved of unanimously by the organization of the European ports. Emphasizing in the premises the importance increasing that the ports have acquired which vehicles and promoters of the economic increase in Europe, invites the ESPO ports to adopt a series of best practices and initiatives for the sustainable development of the harbor activities, between which the creation of a favorable picture for the customers, the investor and the suppliers of services investing in infrastructures, systems and auxiliary services inside of the harbor areas and, where necessary, in more extensive withins and cluster innovative.

Moreover invites the local, regional and national institutions governmental to institute structures of governance that allows with the Harbor Authorities to carry out their functions in independent way, without conflicts of interest, to maintain or to establish the autonomy financial institution of the Harbor Authorities, is in terms of investment decisions that of management of the returns, to avoid the proliferation of other agencies with competences of governance on the harbor activities, to abolish practical the restrictive ones, to simplify the procedures of planning and authorization let alone the customs and administrative procedures.

At last invites the institutions of the European Union to define clear guidelines on the application of the norms of the Treaty in matter of public financing of the harbor investments, on the release of the concessions and the supply of harbor services, let alone - confirming the initiatives in such sense of the EU commission - to establish a net of Core ports and comprehensive ports in the picture of the new order of the trans-European nets IT TRY and to financially support the harbor plans that offer a tried added value to the EU in terms of efficiency of the transports, sostenibilità and/or territorial cohesion.

The Association of the Italian Ports (Assoporti), that it has shared the contents of the "Manifest Port", has emphasized that the document confirmation the line that the association gets ahead for a long time in national center. Yesterday, in the course of the seminary of ESPO on the topic "Ability financial institution of the moderated Harbor Authorities" from the president of the Harbor Authority of Brindisi, Hercules Haralambides, the president of Assoporti, Francesco Nerli, has resumed the topic of the autonomy financial institution of the Harbor Authorities emphasizing of the importance, to the pairs of the necessity to favor forms of partenariato public-private. With regard to this, Nerli has declared that, "in order to activate effective PPP, it is the necessary to characterize a correct division of the economic risks between the private investor and subject public. This in order to avoid that those risks can be unloaded entirely on the public part and the collectivity".

Nerli has concluded representing the necessity to exclude from the Pact of Stability the destined public resources to great infrastructures. "If Europe does not decide to modify its warning on this argument and the fiscal compact - it has observed Nerli - risks to return the resumption impossible".

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