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This year's ESPO Conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 15-16 May 2014.



For its 2014 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, situated by the Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden. In 2013, the city was ranked as the 12th most inventive city in the world by Forbes. The Port of Gothenburg, who will be hosting this event, is the largest port in Scandinavia.

This year's Conference theme is "level playing field". The conference aims at giving some more substance to this concept by looking how ports compete at different levels, which factors determine competition, which factors can undermine fair competition. The conference also wants to assess how the competitiveness of a port can be challenged by different elements on which they have no leverage and to investigate on the contrary how ports can play a role in keeping industry in Europe. In a final debate both ports and European policy makers will discuss the role of policy in enhancing the level playing field and will hopefully answer the basic question of this conference: a level playing field between ports: is it a must or a reality?

Being held one week before the European elections, the conference will devote some time to allow for a political outlook. The European crisis has unleashed important debates about European integration. How will this affect the European elections, the composition of the new Parliament and European decision making as a whole after the elections?

The conference will finally be the occasion for the European Sea Ports Organisation to present to EU policymakers and election candidates its memorandum for the European elections.

The ESPO 2014 Conference is organised in
cooperation with the Port of Gothenburg

 port of gothenburg

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