As a result of European developments, it was found essential to create an organisation representing the interests of private port operators, i.e. stevedores and terminal operators, at European level. This resulted in the foundation of FEPORT on the 13th of January 1993.
Its membership consists of national and regional sector associations in EU Member States, EFTA and accession countries. In addition, in view of the importance of many recent policy developments, many of the main European terminal operators have joined directly as associate members.
FEPORT’s objectives are:
- to inform and advise its members on European port-related matters
- to discuss and formulate common points of view with regard to European policy matters
- to serve as an interlocutor for the EU institutions and other national or international organisations
- to share technical and operational know-how
The subjects of interest to FEPORT can be grouped in 9 broad categories:
- Port Policy
- Transport Policy
- Maritime Policy
- Safety & Environment
- Customs & Internal Market Procedures
- Social Policy (Social Dialogue)