Address Manfred Reuter
Official Closing Ceremony of Port Net
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you very much for inviting me to this official closing conference of Port-
Net. Since I was already involved in the initial application of Port-Net I have
something similar like an overview of the project. Although I could not attend
most of the meetings and workshops, I followed the progress of the Port-Net
by the direct contact with my colleagues.
Now, after nearly 3 years of activities I can draw the very positive conclusion:
The European integration process is still ongoing and Port-Net contributes to
this process by bringing together port people from all over Europe: From
Ports from east and west, from north and south, from developed and less
developed as well as from large and small countries. Furthermore, Port-Net
did not only bring these people together, Port-Net initiated many discussions
on up to date policy question of the maritime sector. And, Port-Net tried to
offer at least some answers. Overall, Port-Net created a functioning network
on port and logistic questions.
However, going more into detail, Port-Net consists of the three main
Concerning the first component “EU-port-policy” I must say that Port-Net had
quite a lot of luck. During the application of Port-Net there were still no signs
visible, that the controversial discussion of Port-Package I could be
reanimated. But, right at the beginning of Port-Net activities the former
commissioner Mrs. Palacio brought this topic on the European agenda again.
Since that time the whole maritime sector and the Commission were involved
in discussing Port-Package II. Port-Net contributed to this discussion with
several workshops, discussing the main topics and disseminating knowledge
of what is going on the European Commission level to member states and
ports in a direct manner.
Several workshops and studies of Port