European Ports Policy Review
Over the past ten years, the EU Commission envisaged on two occasions the opportunity to develop secondary legislation implementing the EU Treaty rules on the freedom to provide services in the port sector. The most recent Commission’s Communication on Ports Policy, from 2007, was based on the promotion of soft law measures in the form of guidelines (state aids, environment), best practices (benchmarking, indicators) and close cooperation and dialogue with stakeholders.
To this end, the EU Commission organised in 2012 a stakeholders’ consultation which addressed three main issues, i.e. quality of the ports services, efficiency of the port system and transparency of port organisation. Unistock members proactively participated to this consultation process in order to reflect the views and concerns of terminal operators in Europe. The results and conclusions of this survey were presented at the EU Port Policy Conference held in Brussels in September 2012 together with policy options to respond to the future challenges of EU ports.