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Commission proposes upgrade for 300 key seaports

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The European Commission has launched a new initiative to improve port operations and onward transport connections at 319 key seaports along Europe’s coastline. The guidelines and legal changes being proposed will help port operators upgrade their services and facilities as well as giving them more financial autonomy.

[Press Release]

[MEMO - Key Facts and Challenges Ahead]

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SPEECH - Europe's ports: a vital gateway to the rest of the world

Siim Kallas

3.7 billion tonnes of cargo pass through Europe's ports each year. They are a vital gateway to the rest of the world. But port operations are complex – goods have to be loaded and unloaded, a pilot has to guide the ship into and out of the port. A mooring has to be found. And customs formalities have to be observed. And after all that, goods need to make their onward journey by rail or road or inland waterway.

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NEW INFOGRAPHICS: European ports - an engine for growth


Ports are gateways to the EU’s entire transport network. They are engines of economic development and sources of prosperity. More cargo, cruise ships and ferries in our ports mean more jobs.

[Look at the infographics to find out more about European ports]

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New arrangement to enhance inland navigation in the European Union

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The Director-General for mobility and transport of the European Commission (DG MOVE) and the Secretary General of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) have signed in Brussels an administrative arrangement which fosters the cooperation between the two institutions.

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