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April 30, 2020

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ESPO proposes a two-step approach to the EU to enable transport sector to withstand the crisis and to contribute to the Shooting

According to the association, once the situation has stabilised strategy will need to be defined

The health crisis of the Covid-19, of which it is not yet predict duration and that is having an impact on the economy Europe, which is already very serious and could become ruinous, it currently makes it impossible to define a EU's long-term transport policy. He has underlined the Association of European Ports by proposing European Union authorities a two-step approach so that the industry can withstand the emergency and contribute economic and social recovery.

According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the first Europe's priorities should be the preparation of a restart plan, with the definition of measurements and tools to enable a rapid recovery in economic activity and while ensuring that this happens in a way that is health-care, developing, among other things, health-care plans necessary for the economy and society to be able to re-enable with a social distance of 1.5 meters.

In addition, according to ESPO, it is important that policies and financial instruments in place for infrastructure projects in the ports, and in particular the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), can be further strengthened so that a vital sector such as the port sector can recover quickly after the crisis and continue with investment already Scheduled.

The second phase proposed by the Association of European Ports should be triggered as soon as the crisis situation will stabilize with the beginning of a "new normal". At that point, for ESPO, a new transport strategy by setting its objectives, ambitions and long-term initiatives. This strategy - specified ESPO - should take note of the consequences and teachings drawn from this crisis and and be based on the new reality post-crisis.

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