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21 August 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 12:33 GMT+2



May 4, 2018

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ESPO invites the European institutions not to carry out cuts to the equipment proposal financial institution for program CEF

Ryckbost: we must convince the Parliament and the Member States that the budget for transport of the CEF is to the service of all the fields and all the policies

The budget previewed for the program Mechanism in order to connect Europe (Connecting Europe Facility - CEF) in the within of the new Picture Financial Pluriennale 2021-2027 adopted Wednesday from the EU commission is received with favor from the association of the European ports, that it has exhorted but the European institutions not to carry out cuts in the ulterior passages that will have to be completed before the final approval of the new budget of the European Union.

For program CEF the new QFP previews equipment 12,8 billion euros general financial institution, 11,3 billion euros for projects of transport in the Countries members assisted from the Bottom of cohesion and a new equipment of 6,5 billion euros for investments in infrastructures of transport for use is civilian who to support.

Evidencing as the QFP proposal demonstrates clearly that the EU commission, and in particular the commissioner for the Budget, Günther Oettinger, recognizes the elevated added value of the investments in the field of the transports in terms of increase, occupation and sustainability, Isabelle Ryckbost, general secretary of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), remembering that "there is still much road to cover", has emphasized the necessity that "is the Parliament that the Council supports this proposal: we cannot - it has asserted - afford ulterior cuts".

"We must now convince the Parliament and the Member States - Ryckbost has explained - than the budget for transport of the CEF is to the service of all the fields and all the policies, not only of the field of the transports as such. We must also transmit the message that this budget serves to realize the net TRIES, a plan already very defined with concrete priorities".

Also manifesting appreciation for the proposal of the Commission, however the association of the European ports finds that a lot will depend however from the concrete structure of the proposed new of Connecting Europe Facility that is previewed will be introduced next the 6 june. Moreover, second the ESPO, remains also to see in that way the component new to support, that receives a substantial part of the budget of the transports of the CEF, will serve to the effective necessities of investment of the ports.

"If Europe wants to realize a net TRIES operating and totally developed - it has observed Ryckbost - it is necessary lend greater attention to the ports. The European ports carry out a more and more important role in the chain of the transports and for the European economy, as they have been transformed in important nodes of the fields of the energy, the industry and the Economy Blue besides the their traditional role in the within of the marine transport. They can also carry out an important role in the decarbonizzazione of the European economy. It is time that Europe recognizes the strategic role of the ports and consequently it supports their investments".

Ryckbost has remembered that a study commissioned from the European Sea Ports Organisation in order to estimate the future requirements of investment of the European ports esteem that the harbour ports of call of the EU will have to carry out investments pairs to about 48 billion euros in period 2018-2027(on 9 March 2018), study - it has emphasized - that evidences moreover that in last the four years the harbour authorities have been able to obtain single 4% of the equipment of the budget for program CEF.

Vincenzo Miele
ABB Marine Solutions
Consorzio ZAI



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