Seaports channel 74% of goods imported or exported to and by the EU, and they are hubs from where a trans-European network of transport operates, combining railway, short-sea shipping and inland waterways links.
This helps to reduce road traffic congestion and CO2 emissions. A large Central European network
of inland waters, with their own ports and port authorities, connect the sea ports of the region with Western Europe and Britain. The development of this network forms part of EU’s wider plans for better connecting and developing the competitiveness and attractiveness of the 329 ports of the EU.
UK Trade & Investment and the British Embassy in Bucharest, brought together port authorities, decision makers and developers from Central/Eastern Europe and British companies with expertise in providing services and technology to the sector.
During the event, Daniel Bastreri from Thomson Unicomarine met port authorities of Poland, Croatia, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, to discuss their needs for meeting national and EU environmental legislation. Daniel also met with UK-based companies involved in the development of port infrastructure.
The event, which was opened by HM Ambassador in Romania, Paul Brummell, included an interactive tour of the port of Constanta, on the Black Sea.