Call for Papers: Jean Monnet Symposium on “The future of the European Port Policy”

The Jean Monnet Action “European Ports Policy” of the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, University of the Aegean, in collaboration with PortEconomics, organises the Jean Monnet Symposium on “The future of the European Port Policy”, an international 2-day meeting of decision-makers, stakeholders and the academia, aiming to generate knowledge and advance the dialogue on the prospects of the European ports and port related initiatives. The symposium will take place in Chios, Greece, an island of strong maritime tradition, 28-29 June 2018.

The second day of the Jean Monnet Symposium aims to stimulate intellectual discussion between scholars studying aspects related to ports policy, allowing interactions between theory and practice.

The International Scientific Committee is inviting scholars who are developing relevant research to submit proposals for working papers and dealing with any of the themes of the European Port Policy to be presented and discussed during the Jean Monnet Symposium. The number of papers to be presented will be limited, as the first day will be devoted to discussions between, and with, stakeholders.

Scholars interested in presenting their research and perspectives on European Ports Policy are invited to submit proposal (at maximum) 500 words to be submitted by March 25th, 2018 to the Symposium Chair: Dr. Thanos Pallis via e-mail (

More about the Symposium

With European ports being engines of growth, EU institutions and stakeholders continue to discuss a number of initiatives aiming to increase the competitiveness of the port sector. The adoption of the Port Services Regulation marked the conclusion of a lengthy discussion on the organization of port services provision and the progressive expansion of the related policy agenda.

The European agenda today includes issues such as the implementation of the Port Services Regulation; the implementation of the General Block Exemption Regulation; the utilization of ports as hubs for blue growth; enhancing the market potential of ports and inland waterways; developing financial opportunities for the ports sector; and sharing good practices from the sector. The ongoing social dialogue might also have implication of working and employment conditions in European ports. A number of additional issues, such as addressing environmental challenges, security, and safety, are also under discussion. The European shipping policy, as well as a number of initiatives aiming to develop European transport systems are closely related to port development, while the ways to enhance and, not least, monitor European ports performance is extensively discussed both by academia and industry experts.

The first day of the Symposium will bring together decision-makers, stakeholders and invited experts, who are expected to discuss the key themes, the prospects and the role of European level initiatives in reinforcing the competitiveness of European ports.