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The EU port policy in a historical perspective


  • Constantinos I. Chlomoudis
  • Athanasios A. Pallis


This paper examines the evolution of the European Union (EU) Port Policy within a historical perspective. Analysing the changing aspects of the sectoral socio-economic context and the alterations of the institutional setting, the paper explains the slow start towards a European Port Policy (EPP), that lasted more than three decades, and then assesses why, and how, policy actors involved in the EU policy making have succeeded in carving out elements of a policy framework. The study chronicles the stages by which the EU has moved into the port policy field. Grounding on the analysis of the changing sectoral environment, the paper analyses the complex sequence of events, which have led either to legislative and political decisions or to output failures. As demonstrated by the historical analysis (1957-2004), policy integration is a dynamic, seemingly irreversible, process, which marked by the searching for a balance between liberalisation and harmonisation.

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  • Constantinos I. Chlomoudis & Athanasios A. Pallis, 2005. "The EU port policy in a historical perspective," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(1-2), pages 21-42.
  • Handle: RePEc:ers:journl:v:viii:y:2005:i:1-2:p:21-42

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    1. Athanasios A. Pallis, 1997. "Towards a common ports policy? EU-proposals and the ports industry's perceptions," Maritime Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(4), pages 365-380, January.
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    1. Constantinos I. Chlomoudis & Christos D. Lampridis & Petros L. Pallis, 2013. "Quality Assurance: Providing Tools for Managing Risk in Ports," International Journal of Maritime, Trade & Economic Issues (IJMTEI), International Journal of Maritime, Trade & Economic Issues (IJMTEI), vol. 0(1), pages 3-20.

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    Port economics; port policy; European integration;

    JEL classification:

    • L91 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Transportation: General
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration


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