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Challenge to be addressed

The different legal situation in the involved countries creates difficulties for the unification of procedures which can guarantee a good environmental quality, without affecting the concurrency rules. As a matter, different norms and rules can lead to disparities in terms of competition between ports. TEN ECOPORT - Transnational ENhancement of ECOPORT8 network (Project Code SEE/D/0189/2.2/X) aims to become a driving force of competition and cooperation among all ports involved toward the same direction: the equaled environmental effectiveness of the sea-networks.


Target groups/ stakeholders' involvement

TEN ECOPORT ensures the tight collaboration of the following target groups and stakeholders:

First target group: Port Authorities of the SEE area in order to create an extended network and eco-cooperation among them.
Port Authorities are considered as the key-target: they will be the direct responsible and the direct beneficiaries of the sustainable model to be performed by the project. Main characteristic of this target group is their common ground on which dialogue and joint work will be based.

Second target group: All policy- and decision- makers coming, at this point, from the 7 countries involved (4 coming from EU countries and 3 from IPA countries).
For the future, the enlargement of this group in order to cover the whole SEE and EU area has been foreseen. This target group includes not only the actors that will promote the face-to-face discussions for setting up and defining either the specific critical issues of the port areas, but also those actors-authorities that will use the data for the future planning of the transport networks.

Third target group: Those affected by the environmental port policies and engaged in port activities, such as port operators, SMEs, several related authorities.

Fourth target group: Port end-users. They play an important role in enhancing port-networks therefore they will be involved in a wide dissemination phase.

Fifth target group: Experts and technicians working with EMS (Environmental Management Systems).

Sixth target group: Research and educational institutes. These will support and guarantee the scientific quality of the outputs and results. Furthermore, through this target group the project will reach an open variety of beneficiaries and stakeholders, allowing a productive dialogue with the view to create a shared strategy in designing environmental solutions.


Methodological approach

The methodological approach is of the “closed chain” type which means that some of the project activities will be used to validate the initial estimates or to correct management actions planned.

The different phases of the closed-chain cycle can be summarized as follows:
- Identification of the key-actors within the partnership;
- Identification of the key-activities for the achievement of the forecasted aims;
- Application of environmental protocol;
- Monitoring of the obtained results;
- Identification of the obstacles which prevent the achievement of the objectives;
- Identification of the possible solutions and review of initial hypothesis.

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To work jointly on eco-routes


To provide the decision-makers with the useful tools & policies that will help them plan the future common model for the efficiency of the Trans-European Network corridors