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Serbia strengthens Europe’s ports with second member

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Brussels, 11.06.2020, 13:01 Uhr
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Brussels [ENA] The Federation of European Inland Ports (EFIP) has added the Serbian Port Governance Agency to its 200 member-strong organization and welcomed the PGA as second partner from Serbia. EFIP said in a statement published from Brussels it looked forward to working together with the government regulatory body “as we further advance the goals of inland ports along the Danube and Europe on a whole”.

EFIP brings together inland ports and port authorities in 18 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine. In its 2019 strategy EFIP declares that transport and climate change will be at the forefront of activities with climate change, infrastructure funding, digitalization and multimodality issues being primary and inland navigation, governance, port-city relations and diversification secondary concerns. Serbia’s PGA was founded in 2013 and plays three important roles: regulatory, professional and developmental. Goal of the institution is to establish a regulated system of a Serbian network of ports and terminals that enables free and efficient movement of goods and passengers, as well as safe traffic and transport.

The agency says it had achieved significant results including an improvement of the legal framework, completion of the first phase of defining port areas, investments in ports and port infrastructure, establishment of the accurate data on cargo handling and passenger traffic on rivers in Serbia, successful participation in international projects, good cooperation with all waterway users as well as with international partners. EFIP president Friedrich Lehr said Serbia’s commitment to the growth and improvement of inland waterway transport reflected the objectives of his organization. PGA director Vuk Perovic added EFIP membership would contribute to the integration of Serbian ports into the global transport chain.

EFIP recently extended to 30 June the submission deadline to its Open Innovation Challenge, a competition inviting innovative concepts aimed at implementing EFIP strategy of becoming a key enabler of green logistics and sustainability. Ideas sought would help ports to achieve Europe’s transport, environmental and climate targets calling for a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050 at the heart of the so-called European Green Deal. Serbia’s other EFIP member is the Group for Ports and Wharfs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS).

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