Steering Commitee Meetings
Maritime Cargo
Port Operations
Container Port Operations
Cargo transport flows
BPT: Container Terminals
Promotion of EDI
Hinterland networking
Multi-Modality: Results
Extended Gateway
BPT: Terminal Concepts
Ports and People
Container Port Operations (Antwerp)
Workshop Manual
The workshop developped various topics as compensation issues for container terminal expansions (1st day), port security in container terminals and cooperation between seaports and inland hubs (3rd day), but the core item was the 2nd attempt of proposal for a European Port Services Directive by the European Commission.

To a large extent, this new proposal, a year after the failure of the first attempt, simply reiterated principles contained in the 2001 version. Upon closer scrutiny, the new draft resolved a considerable number of legal problems which had arisen in relation to the previous proposal (in particular, the Commission had shown its willingness to accept several important amendments agreed upon by interested parties during the previous legislative process).

Yet it couldn't be denied that the new proposal still didn't adequately respond to some fundamental
criticism of the previous proposal. The directive continued to lack a convincing justification. A number of basic concepts were still surrounded by obscurity as to their exact meaning and purport. Additionnally, the internal logic of the 2001 draft was disturbed by some fundamental and rather complicated reversals.

Generally speaking, the wording of the new proposal was confused and left room for divergent interpretations by member states, public and private sector players and their lawyers. As a consequence, the new initiative threatened to create massive legal uncertainty for port authorities, existing and prospective port operators and port users alike.

Therefore, a thorough revision of the Directive's overall structure and single provisions seemed highly recommendable.
Proceedings and Lectures
- size 192k
Lecture Notteboom
- size 1,8M
Lecture Tessier
- size 1,2M
Lecture Van Hooydonk I
- size 99k
Lecture Van Hooydonk II
- size 99k
Lecture Van Hooydonk III
- size 131k
Lecture Verhoeven
- size 450k
Lecture Restiau
- size 496k
Lecture Dooms
- size 2,7M
Lecture Blomme
- size 762k
Lecture Van Meel
- size 1,7M
Lecture De Batist
- size 4,5M
Lecture Cuypers
- size 2,8M
- size 166k