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3rd PSC meeting of the Transnational Cooperation Project TEN ECOPORT

Cooperation for building the new Europe:
gathered in Croatia 7 Countries of the South East Europe for drawing the new environmental management of Ports


5 July 2013. - Suggest the same standard at a European level in order to really contribute to the environmental and structural safeguard of the South East Europe ports, this is what was reaffirmed during the 3rd PSC meeting of the Transnational Cooperation Project TEN ECOPORT, co-financed by the South East Europe Programme, in Dubrovnik.

The atmosphere in Croatia was sparkling two days before its entrance in the European Community. Setting of a brotherly congeniality towards EU citizens at the Customs, a huge stage mounted along the Old City Stradum to celebrate the new European identity with a concert.

These are tangible results of those cooperation processes between the Old Continent Countries that represent the New Europe base.

The importance of cooperation clearly emerges when theory is put into practice as it happened in Croatia. After the first day dedicated to the analysis of the TEN ECOPORT activities already carried out and planned for the future, the project partners had the opportunity to see the procedures to detect the environment critical points that come to light in a port area thanks to a visit organised by the hosting partner, Dubrovnik Port Authority, on a cruise ship.

Analysing such factors as the supply sources of a ship in port or the disposal of the waste produced when sailing, there was the clear perception of how important it is to have common rules at a European level, in terms of waste management, electrification at the docks to supply ships during their stay at the pier and so on. In other words, the partners had the chance to discuss one of the most important activities of the project, the eco-mapping. The ten involved Ports have to detect and signal on a map the different pollution sources and the possible solutions of their own area.

Eco-mapping actually represents the first step towards a common procedure for the environmental management of Ports.

Only standards valid in all project area can induce shipping companies to adopt the necessary measures to protect environment without wasting financial resources. And Dubrovnik and Bari, i.e. two ports of the TEN ECOPORT project, will be the leaders in presenting at European level important standards, such as the docks electrification. And this will be the first step towards the creation of the common rules on which the “green” future of European ports can be founded.

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To work jointly on eco-routes


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