Baltic Ports Conference 2013 | Klaipeda, Lithuania
The Annual Baltic Ports Conference is the most important event for the members when 70-100 participants come together. Previously the host of the event was Port of Turku, now the duties of a co-organizer are to be taken over by the Port of Klaipeda.
BPO welcomed new members
New members of the Baltic Ports Organization are: TEAM Company and Estonian Ports Association.
BPO discussed the EU budget for transport infrastructure in European Parliament
Baltic ports met in European Parliament to discuss the EU budget for transport infrastructure thanks to Anne E. Jensen, Member of EP, who was a host of lunch debate organized on 19 of March. Janusz Lewandowski, the commissioner for EU budget who was present at the debate, presented the political process for EU budget for next period of 2014-2020. He mentioned that, when it comes to financing the infrastructure development in Europe there is a need to invite the private parties for co-finance the projects. However; Lewandowski stated that involvement of private capital specifically in transport infrastructure project is more difficult than e.g. in energy projects. Therefore; despite that cuts in the EU budget and specifically in Connecting Europe Facility’s tool, Commission plans to secure public (EU) funds to finance TEN-T infrastructure.