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					             MINUTES OF THE SECOND MEETING OF THE PORTUS FORUM

English Language
Date                             06th June 2008

Place                            Venice, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, S. Polo 2454

Plan of the day                  1.  Opening of the meeting
                                 2.  Welcome to the participants & Introduction to the project PORTUS, Mr. Fasiol Giuseppe
                                 3.  Adriatic Motorway of the Sea and connection of Adriatic ports with main Corridor and Axis –
                                     Mr. Fortuna Carlo
                                 4. Results of the Analysis of Global Maritime Market and Adriatic Positioning within Market –
                                     Mr. Soriani Stefano
                                 5. Report on the Assessment of integrated scenarios, Ms. Montironi Cinzia
                                 6. Legal and Organisational Structure of the Adriatic Ports, Mr. Zunarelli Stefano
                                 7. Results on Adriatic Potential, Mr. Polacco Alberto
                                 8. Roadmap for the implementation of the project, Mr. Zinnanti Mauro
                                 9. Final Round Table: Opinion about the results of the project; Interest in mutual
                                     cooperation,;future development/ proposals; Moderator Mr. Soriani Stefano
                                 10. Closure of the proceedings, Mr. Zinnanti Mauro



                                                         Participants
Family Name and Name                  Position                N° Tel.
                                                              N° Fax
                                                              E-mail address
CFLI - Centro Formazione Logistica Intermodale
Mr. Vettorel Guido                    Project Manager           Tel: 0415334155-56
                                                                Fax 041 5334157
                                                                Guido.vettorel@cfli.it
                                                                Zona Portuale S. Marta Fab. 16
                                                                30123 Venezia
Ms. Spadaro Cristiana                                           Cristiana.spadaro@vgli.it
                                                                Zona Portuale S. Marta Fab. 16
                                                                30123 Venezia
Marche Region
Ms. Montironi Cinzia                                            Tel: +39 071 8063741
                                                                Fax: 0039 971 8063013
                                                                P.F. Mobilità, Trasporti, Infrastrutture
                                                                Via Tiziano, 44
                                                                60100 Ancona
                                                                Cinzia.montironi@regione.marche.it
Ms. Bloise Francesca                  SVIM                      Tel: +39 071 28994218
                                                                Fax: +39 071 28994235
                                                                fbloise@svimspa.it
                                                                SVIM – Sviluppo Marche Spa
                                                                Via Martiri della Resistenza, 24
                                                                60125 Ancona
Mr. Romanini Giovanni                 SVIM                      Tel: +39 071 28994218
                                                                Fax: +39 071 28994235
                                                                g.romanini@svim.spa.it
                                                                SVIM – Sviluppo Marche Spa
                                                                Via Martiri della Resistenza, 24
                                                                60125 Ancona
Propeller Club – Venice




                                            Corridor V Technical Secretariat (C5TS)
                           c/o Central European Initiative (CEI) - Via Genova, 9 - 34121 Trieste (Italy)
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                                                 anna.marconato@corridor5.org
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Mr. Del Pup Michele                                                 Tel: +39 041 5237940
                                                                    +39 348 8938975
                                                                    delpup@tin.it
                                                                    PO Box 713
                                                                    30100 Venezia
Cossutta Group
Mr. De Sena Gianluca                      Trade Department          Tel:+39 040 214471
                                                                    Mobile: 3331045118
                                                                    gdesena@cossuta.it
                                                                    Autoporto di Fernetti
                                                                    34016 Monrupino
                                                                    Trieste
Veneto Region
Ms. Monego Laura                                                    Laura.monego@regione.veneto.it
Mr. Menegazzo Paolo                                                 Tel: +39 041 279 2533
                                                                    Fax: +39 041 279 2022
                                                                    Paolo.Menegazzo2@regione.veneto.it
                                                                    logistica@regione.veneto.it
                                                                    Unità complessa logistica
                                                                    Calle Priuli - Cannaregio 99 - 30121 Venezia
Mr. Fasiol Giuseppe                       Exceptional               Tel: +39 0412794669
                                          Commissioner for the      Fax. +39 041 2794670
                                          Veneto Region             Via Baseggio, 5
                                                                    30174 Mestre
Ms. Meneghello Francesca                  UP Cooperazione           Dorsoduro 3494 Venezia, Italy
                                                                    interreg@regione.veneto.it
Mr. Tuberosa Matteo                       UP Cooperazione           Dorsoduro 3494 Venezia, Italy
                                                                    interreg@regione.veneto.it
SITE s.p.a
Mr. Sentimenti Decio                      Corporate Accounts        Tel: +39 051 329156
                                          Expert                    Mobile: +39 334 8504789
                                                                    d.sentimenti@sitespa.it
                                                                    40064 Ozzano dell’Emilia, Bologna- via della Chimica 3 – Italy
Friuli Venezia Giulia Region
Ms. Cappellari Mia                        Consultant                Tel: +39 348 3061156
                                                                    DGR Consulting S.r.l.
                                                                    Piazza Ponterosso 3 34121 Trieste
                                                                    mia@dgr.it
Mr. Angelotti Massimiliano                Responsible for EU        Tel: +39 040 3774720
                                          Programs                  Fax: +39 040 3774732
                                                                    massimiliano.angelotti@regione.fvg.it
                                                                    Central Directorate for Spatial Planning, Energy, Mobility and
                                                                    Transport Infrastructure
                                                                    Via Giulia 75/1 - 34126 Trieste
Mr. Zinnanti Mauro                        Director                  Tel: +39 040 3774745
                                                                    Fax +39 040 3774732
                                                                    mauro.zinnanti@regione.fvg.it
                                                                    Central Directorate for Spatial Planning, Energy, Mobility and
                                                                    Transport Infrastructure
                                                                    Via Giulia 75/1 - 34126 Trieste
Mr. Zugan Antonio                         Head o f the              Tel: +39 040 3774743
                                          department for            Fax +39 040 3774732
                                          logistics                 antonio.zugan@regione.fvg.it
                                                                    Central Directorate for Spatial Planning, Energy, Mobility and
                                                                    Transport Infrastructure
                                                                    Via Giulia 75/1 - 34126 Trieste
CETAL

                                                Corridor V Technical Secretariat (C5TS)
                               c/o Central European Initiative (CEI) - Via Genova, 9 - 34121 Trieste (Italy)
                                  Tel. +39-040-7786752; Fax:+39-7786782; e-mail: info@giusepperazza.it
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Mr. Penso Sergio                        Cetal – Monfalcone        Tel : +39 0481 40624/413593
                                                                  Fax : +39 0481 795333
                                                                  Via Timavo 69, Monfalcone (GO)
Emilia Romagna – Region
Mr. Polacco Alberto                                               Mob: +39 3492213545
                                                                  Fax +39 0544 219505
                                                                  a.polacco@tiscalinet.it
                                                                  Emilia-Romagna Region
                                                                  Via IV Novembre 12
                                                                  45100 Ravenna
Mr. Casamassima Fabio                                             Tel: +39 051 283841
                                                                  Fax: +39 051 283310
                                                                  Mob: +39 347 4291795
                                                                  Via A. Moro 28
                                                                  20127 Bologna
                                                                  fcasamassima@regione.emilia-romagna.it
Mr. Rosini Rino                         Head of transport         Tel: +39 051 283831
                                        planning and logistics    Fax: +39 051 283541
                                        department                rrosini@regione.emilia-romagna.it
                                                                  Spatial Planning and Mobility Systems
                                                                  Viale Aldo Moro, 38
                                                                  40127 Bologna
Mr. Bologna Sergio                                                Mob: +39 338 6342520
                                                                  progetrasport@iol.it
Ms. Morganti Eleonora                                             Tel: +39 051 283776
                                                                   3406298484
                                                                  mmorganti@regione.emilia-romagna.it
                                                                  Spatial Planning and Mobility Systems
                                                                  Viale Aldo Moro, 38
                                                                  40127 Bologna
Croatian Motorways
Mr. Puž Goran                           Head of Development       Tel:+385 14694444
                                                                  Fax: +385 1 4694500
                                                                  +385 1 4694505
                                                                  info@hac.hr
                                                                  Širolina 4, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
University Ca Foscari – Venice
Mr. Soriani Stefano                     Professor c/o             Tel: +39 041 234 8688
                                        University of Venice      Fax: +39 041 234 8584
                                                                  Port.: +39 349 5739056
                                                                  soriani@unive.it
                                                                  Calle Larga Santa Marta 2137 – 2137 Dorsoduro - 30123 Venezia
Mr. Puggina Mauro                       IDBAS Ca’ Foscari         Mob: +39 333 3960000
                                                                  mauro.puggina@tiscali.it
                                                                  Calle Larga Santa Marta 2137 – 2137 Dorsoduro - 30123 Venezia
TRENITALIA
Mr. Fadel Vladimiro                     Responsible for the       Tel: +39 0422.655493
                                        shipment department       Fax: 0422.655508
                                                                  v.fadel@trenitalia.it
                                                                  Piazzale Duca d’Aosta, 9 - 31100 Treviso
Port of Bar
Ms. Pešić Aleksanra                     Market Researcher         Tel: +381 85 312666
                                                                  Fax: +381 85 317433
                                                                  Obala 13 Jula, 30 000 Bar, Montenegro
Mr. Nedrvig                                                       Tel: +381 85 312666
                                                                  Fax: +381 85 317433
                                                                  Obala 13 Jula, 30 000 Bar, Montenegro
Port of Koper

                                              Corridor V Technical Secretariat (C5TS)
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Maša Čertalič                                                     Tel: +386 5 6656919
                                                                  Masa.certalic@luka-koper.si
                                                                  Vojkovo nabrežje 38
                                                                  6501 Koper, Slovenia
Intereuropa d.d.
Mr. Beškorvniz Bojan                     Ass. Executive          Vojkovo nabrežje 32, 6501 Koper Slovenia
                                         Manager
Studio Legale Zunarelli e Associati – Legal Office – Zunarelli &Associates
Mr. Zunarelli Stefano                    Lawyer                  Stefano.zunarelli@studiozunarelli.com
Ms. Orrù Elena                           Lawyer                  Elena.orru@studiozunarelli.com
Port of Monfalcone
Mr. Signore Sergio                                               Tel: +39 0481 414087
                                                                 Fax +39 0481 414099
                                                                 s.signore@monfalconeport.it
                                                                 Via Terme Romane 5
                                                                 34074 Monfalcone
                                                                 Gorizia
Port of Venice
Mr. Bonaldo Stefano                      Port Authority of       Santa Marta, Fabbricato 13, 30123 Venezia
                                         Venice                  Bonaldo@port.venice.it
ENAIP Friuli Venezia Giulia Region
Ms. Stuparich Paola                      Polo Formativo mare     Tel.+39 040.3788888
                                                                 Fax +39 040.7606184
                                                                 p.stuparich@enaip.fvg.it
                                                                 Via dell’Istria 57, 34137 Trieste
Mr. Collinassi Gilberto                                          Tel.+39 040.3788888
                                                                 Fax +39 040.7606184
                                                                 g.collinassi@enaip.fvg.it
                                                                 Via dell’Istria 57, 34137 Trieste
VECON
Mr. Fabiano Piero                        Director                Tel +39 041 2582711
                                                                 Fax +39 041 5380944
                                                                 fabiano@vte.it
                                                                 Porto Commerciale
                                                                 Molo B – 30175
                                                                 Marghera Venezia
Mr. Drigo Francesco                      Commercial              Tel +39 041 2582711
                                         Supervisor              Fax +39 041 5380944
                                                                 fdrigo@vecon.it
                                                                 Porto Commerciale
                                                                 Molo B – 30175
                                                                 Marghera Venezia
A.I.O.M.
Ms. Di Florio Maria                                              Tel/Fax: +39 040 767665
                                                                 Piazza della Borsa 14, Trieste 34121
IPPOL KOPER
Ms. Prijon Majda                         Owner                   C.na Marknec 49, Koper
ISDEE / INFORMEST
Mr. Goruppi Walter                                               Tel: +39 040 639130
                                                                 Fax: +39 040 634248
                                                                 Corso Italia 27, Trieste, 34122
I.S.T.I.E.E
Mr. Porceddu Andrea                                              Tel: +39 040 311464
                                                                 Fax: +39 040 311465
                                                                 Via del Lazzaretto Vecchio, 13, Trieste 34123
Port of Trieste



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Mr. Nardini Sergio                  Trieste, Port Authority   Tel :+39 040.6731
                                                              Fax: +39 040 6732406
                                                              info@porto.trieste.it
                                                              Via Von Bruck, 3
                                                              34143 Trieste
CEI
Mr. Fortuna Carlo                   Consultant                Tel: +39 040 7786751
                                                              Fax: +39 040 7786782
                                                              Carlo.fortuna@corridor5.org
Ms. Marconato Anna                  Project Assistant         Tel: +39 040 7786753
                                                              Fax: + 39 040 7786782
                                                              Anna.marconato@corridor5.org
Ms. Sinkovic Ana                    Project Assistant         Tel: +39 040 7786752
                                                              Fax: +39 040 7786782
                                                              Ana.sinkovic@corridor5.org
Port of Ravenna
Mr. Antonellini Luca                Port Authority            Tel : +39 0544 608811
                                                              Fax : +39 0544 608888
                                                              info@port.ravenna.it
                                                              Via Magazzini Anteriori, 63 , 48100 Ravenna
IUAV
Mr. Cappelli Agostino               Director of the           tel.+39 041 571360/1381
                                    Urbanism Department       cell. +39 334 6000537
                                                              capelli@iuav.it
                                                              Università IUAV of Venice
                                                              Dorsoduro 2206 - 30123 Venezia
ISFORT
Mr. Appetecchia Andrea                                        appetecchia@isfort.it
Observers
Mr. Giacchello Matteo               Camera operator –         pigreco@hotmail.com
                                    Marche Region
Mr. Stefanelli Stefano              Camera operator –
                                    Marche Region
Mr. Andrea Zaccarrini               Redazione                 zaccarrini@libero.it
Mr. Lamberto Ferini
Mr. Franco Migliorini               Consultant                S. Polo 2986/5, 30125 Venice, Italy




TEXT:

Mr. Fasiol opened the meeting and gave a warm on behalf from the responsible for regional policies of the
Veneto region Mr. Chisso. Portus began in March 2007, with a budget of 1,800 000 € approximately and 11
partners from 4 countries (Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro) participated in the
works. The project actions have been carried out by different entities: Friuli Venezia Giulia Region –
Transport Division, Veneto Region – Logistics Unit, Marche Region – Transport Department, University Ca
Foscari of Venice (I.D.E.A.S centre), Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Italy - Spatial Planning
Department, CEI - ES, University of Rijeka, from Croatia, Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of
Croatia, Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of the Maritime
Affairs and Transport of Montenegro and the Port of Bar. Portus forum aims at i) fostering dialogue and
cooperation for the definition of a common Adriatic policy, by involving transport network planning,
infrastructure investments and spatial development; ii) identifying and implementing the actions necessary
to improve port competitiveness, identifying financing sources for the realization of these strategic
infrastructures; iii) defining a road map for the realization of the selected priority development scenarios;
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iiii) developing an institutional framework for future cooperation on cross-border and interregional policy
issues, including the definition of roles and responsibilities for the development of an efficient and
competitive Adriatic maritime system, beyond the conclusion of the project. The project is structured in 7
work packages: 1) development of stakeholder and expert cooperation mechanisms (WP1 and WP6); 2)
global analysis of the Adriatic Area in the context of the broader maritime market (WP2); 3) consequential
top-down and bottom-up identification of the Adriatic potential (WP3a and WP3b); 4) the assessment and
definition of integrated development scenarios (WP4); 5) the definition of a Roadmap for the Adriatic Area
(WP5); 6) dissemination and management of the project.

Mr. Fortuna focused his speech on the Motorways of the Sea (MoS) and on the new call for MoS for 2008.
The MoS 2008 call uses as the legal basis the Art. 155 of the EU treaty and places on disposal a budget of € 20
million. The eligible area covers the Baltic area, West Europe, South East Europe (Balkans excluded, but links
to the Black sea are possible), and the South West Region. The applicants can be the member states or public
or private bodies supported by the member states, while Third countries cannot apply. Projects can either
concentrate on providing new services or improving the existing ones. Budget for studies is rather limited
and therefore the studies should either be for definitive projects or for very advanced projects. The second
High Level Group Report (Van Miert) expressed the desire to extend the TEN to non EU Member States.
Still, in this call none of these activities is foreseen. Mrs. De Palacio’s report does not speak about South East
European states in the maritime areas. The concepts seem to speak of road and railway network extension to
the ports rather than vice versa. Recent Commission’s document suggests that the MoS should be covered by
the relevant regional structures to be set from the corresponding land axes.
We therefore wonder if Marco Polo is the right answer for the transport integration and cooperation of the
Adriatic shores..In reference to the Marco Polo call of 2004 the programme saw rail and maritime transport
development, with maritime prevalence in the French – Spanish area and rail prevalence in the North –
South connection. The Adriatic sea was almost not even mentioned. In the 2005 call we had an explosion of
maritime projects, in particular between Italy and Spain and in the Baltic area. However, in 2006 the
maritime component was almost completely excluded. The second Marco Polo programme 2007 -2013 has a
budget of 450 Million €. The geographical scope is larger, since it includes the neighbouring third countries
with the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding. The programme actions include activities for the
MoS and the relevant services. It is therefore advisable to: 1) establish a project network for all maritime
public driven projects to exchange information on present maritime proposals; 2) involve Greece, Malta or
Cyprus; 3) ask European Commission for a Communication to combine funds for SEE countries and for the
member states; 4) ask the European Commission to consider the Eastern Adriatic ports ad TEN ports and to
include them in the financial regulations 5) the SEE states should conclude the negotiations with the EU 5)
consider the Adriatic sea as a single unit and to present it in this way to all the relevant subjects.

Mr. Soriani spoke on behalf of the IDEAS Centre of the University Ca’ Foscari, of Venice and his speech
regarded mainly the synthesis report, carried out by the group of researchers, that has been recently
concluded. Two phenomena emerged: 1) the multiplication of the poles of import export and the consequent
multiplication of the management flow 2) increasing importance of the Asian area for the EU. Mr. Soriani
presented the growth estimation from 2005/2006 till 2015. The estimations made until today have been
exceeded in the real situations. . The growth in the Black sea could had a certain influence to the
competitiveness of the upper part of the Adriatic sea. The recent increase in ships’ dimensions brought about
complex scenarios, for this reason we will have to decide to use either the system of feeder services or to
increase direct connection with some ports. In the report they also considered the cruise service growth, that
showed a two fold increase in the growth rate in the last 10 years. The Adriatic sea is the second basin in
terms of deployment capacity. Two issues had been underlined: 1) the capacity to create a system of urban
and coastal resources (cooperation among ports and cities) 2) the capacity to activate integration strategies
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with the navigation lines. Unlike Barcelona, Savona and Civita Vecchia, upper Adriatic sea sees cruise
operators as independent operators. Forecasts for the period from 2006 to 2010 indicate an increase of 30%
of container traffic for the Upper and Central part of the Adriatic Sea (from Ancona to Bar). This percentage
is rather disappointing, in comparison to other parts of the sub-basins. There are 2 main tools: 1) cooperate
to compete – private (and possibly public) subjects, that initially operated independently, put in place
cooperation strategy; 2) cooperation in view of agreements among regions, among port authorities, protocols
among municipalities – a general call for action for cooperation among the ports to avoid the exclusion from
the Market. In his opinion Portus defined some areas of cooperation and in case there is a follow up much
more must to be done in this area.



Ms. Montironi explained the role of the Region Marche, concerning the development of the Work Package 4
– assessment and development of integrated scenarios. Two aspects have been considered: understanding of
ports’ potential and development of integration possibilities in different transport sectors and the hypothesis
of the possibility to cooperate in a network of ports, managed by an agency for promotion of cooperation;
and secondly to understand types of action for infrastructure, management of different port sectors, possible
financing mechanisms, legal aspects in various ports and the possibility of conversion of the later ones.
She then passed to the concept of network mentioned above, that can be realized through a higher level of
integration, starting from the necessary integration imposed by the application European Union or national
norms, that can derive from common choices (i.e. personnel training, personnel treatment, quality waste
disposal. In the second place we can have operational integration, with a higher level of cooperation, that
implies a management software for a rapid information exchange and thirdly the so called strategic
integration, which is the maximum level of integration and is difficult to implement. Still, they believe there is
room for a common integration (i.e. joint port promotion). Promotion agency doesn’t work on the local level,
but also at the market on the international level. In this way, Adriatic ports can become a logistic platform of
the Eastern Adriatic Sea, attracting container traffic. The North Adriatic ports in this network have the main
role in capturing new traffic flows or container traffic along the Corridor 5. Still, we must recognise the role
of other ports, such as Taranto, with its transhipment service and central and southern Adriatic ports with
their experience in short sea shipping. This will contribute to the creation of the strategic node of West – East
corridor in the enlarged Europe. Moreover, the railway connection between Ancona and Cività Vecchia will
allow the establishment of the corridor sea – shore and a connection among the Eastern European Countries,
Spain and Western Mediterranean Sea. The role of the institutions and region is fundamental as a supporter
of a global vision of the Adriatic system’s prospective and as an orientation point of the strategies of the port
authorities and private operators towards a more integrated and complementary vision. Concerning the
possible follow-up of the Portus project, they believe that the cooperation should be extended to all ports of
the Adriatic and Ionic Sea. Finally they propose the implementation of the Agency for the network and the
elaboration of a business plan to evaluate its technical, economical and legal feasibility. This agency can be
situated within an existing structure, such as the Adriatic Sea Secretariat in which all the institutional actors
of the Adriatic basin are present. Finally through this project she believes pilot project could be carried out to
asses the actual feasibility.

Mr. Zunarelli spoke about the results of the study through which they examined the organisational and
legal structure of the ports in the countries of the Adriatic Sea (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Montenegro), together with the norms regulating the activities and services of the single ports.
As far as Balkan ports are concerned, the organisation of the ports is still strictly linked to the intensive
states’ intervention that controls directly or through its presence in the Board of the governance bodies the
ports’ services and activities. This doesn’t help to guarantee traffic development if the port’s public
management not only controls the infrastructure and service structures, but also provides the services,
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because this makes the private investors more resilient to investments. An evident example is the Italian law
84/94 that separated the governance of the port authorities and the management of the port activities, which
brought about huge advantages. In his opinion other ports in the Mediterranean sea can follow this example
not only to guarantee the involvement of private companies and capital in the realization of infrastructures
and investments necessary for the maritime traffic development, but above all to make possible the launch of
a private companies network, a precondition for the infra-Adriatic traffic in order to complete the logistic
network between the Northern and Eastern Europe. Public and Private partnership tools are rather week
and the experience in the project financing is fragile. The right solution is to find tools to guarantee to the
operators the legal security and the possibility of a long –term economic turn-around. Spain has been
carrying out promotion activities on the international level for decades and the results are excellent. The
cooperation among port authorities, shipping companies and terminal operators is urgent. The agency
mentioned before could be fundamental in promoting the upper Adriatic sea in the international
institutions. He reminded the participants that there in 3 occasions a reform of the law 84/94 had been
announced without results. Regions, port authorities, terminal operators must understand that an effort in
the cooperation could be an advantage for all the participants, bringing about a win-win game.

Mr. Polacco said that it is true that in order to build the system of Adriatic ports, the ports must work
together and must be acknowledged at the international level. Still, this cooperation is having difficulties in
talking off. The system of ports is not a new idea, it dates back to the 60s. The market evolution and the
transport process enhanced the competition and the system of ports had been left aside for too long. This
system will only be sinful if it connects the whole territory. Not by case are ports involved in corridors’
programmes. In the Adriatic area, there had been a lot of activities to identify common actions in
professional training, promotion, computerisation and data transmission, security control, etc. Still, the
Adriatic framework is ambiguous, since it depends on infrastructure condition. Some ports have more
territorial connections and more links to European corridors, while Balkan ports suffer from poor
infrastructure system. For this reason it is difficult to create a system without having the same possibilities.
He also raised the issue of European integration, saying that with the exception of Croatia, Balkan countries
are not that close to full European integration.
In the Adriatic system there are some bigger and some smaller ports, some of which don’t even have a port
authority. In Italy major results have been obtained in this field, and we should proceed in a similar way in
other countries, where regions, municipalities and ports have a crucial role. Another possibility for
development could derive from the establishment of close maritime relationships between Balkan peninsula
and the central Italian area. In this maritime cooperation framework, more successful ports can assist in the
development of ports that are lagging behind. Moreover, good opportunities can derive from the presence of
the European corridors crossing this area. Upper Adriatic ports have excellent connections with the Corridor
V. On the other hand, there is also the meridian corridor. A lead role in this scenario could be the port of
Ancona for its geographical position and its relationship with the Balkan ports. Still the basic scenario, the
start up phase should not be forgotten, we must continue working on the ports’ dialogue and on regulations’
harmonisation. Promotion and marketing problems must be overcome.

Mr. Zinnanti spoke about the work package 5: Drawing up a Road map to create, develop and promote
ports network in the Central and Upper Area of the Adriatic sea. The perspectives in this area regard the
positive growth trend of the ports and this due to some important factors such as: accession of Bulgaria and
Romania to the EU, possible future accession of candidate countries Croatia, Turkey and FYR Macedonia
and the potential acquisition of the candidate status of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia and
Herzegovina. Through the analysis of the Mediterranean market, they identified some variations in three
main basins: 1) West Basin (France, Spain and Ligurian ports) 2) Central Basin (Suez – Gibraltar Axis,
Tyrrhenian ports and islands) 3) East Basin (Adriatic, Ionic, Aegean and Black Sea). The global growth rate
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in container traffic for 2015 amounts to 9% per year (24 m TEU in 2004, 54 M TEU in 2015). The factors that
indicate possibilities for further growth are the following: i) constant bull carrier fleet growth (4,8% medium
annual increase 2002 – 2006) ii) gigantism (full container ships – exceeding 10 000 TEU) iii) evolution in
international cruise market (8/9% annual increase from 1990 till 2005). The major growth in the cruise sector
is registered in Venice (61% increase in the last three years) and in Dubrovnik (72% in the same period of
time). The growth registered for the container traffic in the 90s is due to the creation of main transshipment
hubs next to the Suez – Gibraltar Axis and to the privatization of port management introduced by the Italian
law 84/1994. The ports of the central and northern range are second, among the Italian ports, following the
Ligurian arch, with regard to the total handled cargo. Analyzing more closely some major freight categories,
a dynamic evolution emerges, with a medium annual growth of 8,9%, +31% Western Basin (+4,6% per year),
+ 58% for Central Basin (+ 7,8%per year),+ 142% for Eastern Basin (+15,8% per year), growth generated
mainly by the Turkish port and the Black Sea rage. Between 2001 and 2006 container traffic for the main
ports of the Central and Northern Adriatic Sea registered +36% increase, average growth of 6,5% per year,
Western ports growth amounts to 12% (2,4% average increase per year), Eastern ports + 74% (11% average
growth per year) – Trieste, Koper Rijeka. The group of the three main Eastern Adriatic ports with a volume
of 716,551 TEU exceed the amount of the Western basin (625,285 TEU). These figures show that over the last
5 years the traffic volumes are moving from East to West.
Speaking about passenger traffic, the differences are very clear. Venice and Dubrovnik attract most of the
tourism passenger traffic, but other ports like Trieste, Ravenna, Koper and Rijeka are developing in this field.
In the solid bulk industrial traffic the central and Northern Adriatic range is consolidating his position, with
a different basic role between Eastern and Western ports: the leaders Ravenna and Venice are connected to
the regional industrial system evolution, Koper and Rijeka play a transit role for third Eastern European
countries. Trieste bulk terminal trend is strictly connected with the development plans of the local steel
factory. Another issue raised was the natural water depth, which represents a rather important problem in
dredging and expanding of ports area (ports of Venice, Ravenna and Ancona). The structural and
infrastructural action programme of four main national ports in the Central Northern Adriatic sea according
to the forecasts of their respective operational project plans underway, shows that the general situation is
lagging behind in adjusting, strengthening and restructuring of the main ports evaluated in overall terms
according to the number of scheduled projects and their relevant value in terms of resources to invest.
Central Northern Adriatic sea presents different geo-economical condition which affect ports’ dynamics. The
main issue concerning the Eastern ports of the Adriatic sea seems to be how to promote the process of
material and organizational transformation that is necessary to accommodate the dynamism of local and
regional economies in transition. Western ports of the Adriatic sea have the problem of promoting the
process of material and organizational transformation, necessary to cope with a more and more complex
economic and technological environment.
WP2, 3, 4 produced important milestones for the realization of the Road Map: realization of Pan European
Corridors and of relevant secondary axes; maritime enhancement of the Northern Adriatic area (increased
internalization of North – Eastern regions); development of the role of back – harbor infrastructures by
inland terminals; common guidelines by local and national authorities in issuing laws and regulations
concerning environment protection, maritime safety and customs for EU members.
 Some topics turned out to be of common interest, therefore the ports of Ancona, Venice, Ravenna and
Trieste signed a hypothetic agreement, that Trieste extended to Koper and Rijeka, containing the following
actions: territorial marketing and promotion, lobby actions at interregional, national and European level,
services of common interest development, standardization of charges and efficiency of harbor services of
regulations, as to safety, security, health and environmental aspects, comparison between planning
strategies for identifying mutual opportunities, comparison of investment plans to optimize revenues,
constant dialogue and comparison among services aimed at identifying common interest subjects.

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What emerged from the WP 3 and 4 in reference to the important actions for the road maps are the following
issues: 1) start up actions – discussion between port authorities concerning non competitive targets (laws,
rules, procedures) 2) local strategic actions – specific agreements among the big ports concerning the
extension of the administrative management to the adjacent small local ports 3) maritime relationship action
– agreement among port, state, regional and local authorities, aiming at developing crossborder relationship
for passenger and freight transport 4) strategic connection actions – agreement between port, state, regional
and local authorities for territorial competition to develop and promote port terminals specialization in
connection with the geographical contexts and the facilitative equipment. In the container sector, a
continental hub could be established in the ports of Trieste, Koper and Rijeka. At the same time, the function
of regional ports with container terminals should be maintained and developed.
In reference to the cruise industry, the port of Venice should consolidate its role in cruise sector and other
ports of Trieste, Koper, Ravenna, Ancona and Rijeka should evolve in the sectors dedicated to new products
dedicated in the Adriatic sea and Eastern Mediterranean area. Croatian and Dalmatian ports, together with
Bar and southern ports should maintain and consolidate its role of transit ports. As far as ro-ro ships and
ferries for passengers and freight are concerned, the ro-ro short sea connections between Trieste and Turkey
must be maintained and further developed. Furthermore is advisable to maintain and further enhance the
internationalization of services to and from Greece (Ancona and Venice) for passengers and freight. New
coast to coast sea connections for passengers and freight will most probably regard Rijeka, Bar, Ploče,
Ancona and Ravenna for the traffic flow management along the median corridor in line with the project of
the MoS. Finally, in the solid bulk and industrial sector the ports of Ravenna, Venice and Ancona should
consolidate their leader position, while ports of Koper, Rijeka and Ploče should maintain their transit role. A
possible new development of a transit role could regard Trieste in view of the possible transformation of the
steel factory. The road map will be based on all these results and on the results of the second Portus forum in
line with the objectives agreed among the project partners.
The strong awareness of growth possibilities will help to pass from hypothetic actions to real actions at the
network level. Something has already been done, for i.e. in FVG Region a logistic regional platform has been
developed, the dialogue among the three ports in the area, has been established. In this sense, Mr. Zinnanti
said, we should all continue working also in the future.

(Closure of the morning session)

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

Mr. Soriani opened the afternoon session, by inviting the participants to express their opinion in reference to
3 main issues that emerged during the first morning session: 1) the set of perspectives and menaces to be
faced – considering the position of the single local port in respect to those threats and possibilities 2) a short
description of the most important actions and initiatives of the single ports to face these threats or to take the
advantage of the new opportunities and 3) cooperation in respect to the concrete field of collaboration and in
respect to the establishment of an Agency (what kind of institution should it be? Should it be similar to the
Ligurian port organisation? Or should we aim to the Secretariat of the upper Adriatic sea?)



Mr. Antonellini started his contribution by expressing his congratulations to the project participants for the
interest shown and underlined that this is a starting point for further development. In reference to the
possibilities and threats he focused his speech on three issues raised during the morning session: on
container, cruise, ro-ro and ferry sectors. In Italy, today, as far as container traffic is concerned, ports of the
Adriatic and Tyrrhenian sea serve national economy, that registered rather law growth over the last 10 years.
The recent forecasts of IMF, EU and other research centres foresee GDP growth rate of 0,5%/ 0,6%. It is
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obvious, that the container segment linked to the GDP grows with a higher development rate. Italy doesn’t
expand, since it doesn’t have adequate services to acquire new markets. The containers of the Italian ports
are actually those containers produced by Italian economy through import and export. The growth
perspectives could emerge in case the market of reference is no longer only the national one. Considering the
maritime connections, there are very few direct service connections in the Adriatic sea. In this context the
Italian ports serve their basin of reference, that exceeds the French one. France has a higher PIL in
comparison to Italy, but it has fewer containers. This issue, therefore, depends also of the national
production system and that of supply, that should be trivialised. In the Tyrrhenian sea five times more
containers is transferred in comparison to the Adriatic sea, even though a substantial increase in some
Adriatic ports has been registered. Tyrrhenian sea can offer not only sea but also intermodal connections
(linked also to the railway services The containers are not capable of transforming the situation, if they are
not supported by interconnections. A port capable to promote tangible trade opportunities is also capable to
intervene in case of the logistic chain. In the intermodality field, some other important issues emerge, such as
railways. The situation of TRENITALIA CARGO is rather critical, since it has consistent losses. In this
situation, Trenitalia can even carry out dumping activities.
Each port has its own development plan. Each port, for sure, can register overlapping functions with the
neighbouring ports, due to the fact, that a more general planning on large scale doesn’t exist. The proposed
system to obtain private capital could be interesting, still some hesitation still exist.
In the field of cooperation, the Agency mentioned in the course of the forum, sounds interesting. This idea
was explored by the ports during 2007, still some problems emerged. If we limit ourselves to forms of
cooperation among the national ports, the attention is drawn to national problems, that are not valid for the
whole Adriatic sea. The involvement in this case should be larger and without a binding consensus, leaving
the freedom to the ports to decide whether to adhere or not. An example to follow in his opinion could be
the case of Baltic ports, considering their organisational and territorial structure. Different bodies could
participate: member states, regions, territorial authorities, banks, pension funds, etc.
At the end Mr. Antonellini raised two issues considering Portus 2, the follow-up of the current project. First
of all the approach is rather general, it proposes again the same slightly elaborated topics, simply expanding
the partnership. In his opinion, it would be advisable to concentrate of fewer issues, like for example on the
possible establishment of the agency, with all structural and management details. Secondl,y some of the
ports are about to present a project concerning cruise sector, that foresees also some infrastructural actions.
He believes that it is not wise to present for the same call, two similar projects, with similar participants,
because we risk not to be selected.

Mr. Bonaldo said it is true that the Italian system is weak and with rather weak growth margins, still the
opportunities for the development have some physical limits. The container system in the system of ports
that supplies the Italian system in the Adriatic sea faces some distortion, that are difficult to interpret in
reference to the market and to the system as a whole. Venice, as well as Trieste and Ravenna have a back-
harbour production structure that is defined as the most dynamic part of Italian economy with about 1
million of companies. Still, if we observe the number of the containers transferred through the ports, in
comparison to other ports, the values are lower, or better, lower than the real number that the system could
produce. The ports of Venice, Trieste and Ravenna have behind their back production industrial cluster that
had represented major economical boost, that allowed the relaunch of the Italian North East. The same area
assisted in the 90’ and in the 2000 and internationalisation push towards Central and Eastern Europe and
then towards Far East. The before mentioned distortion has to do with the fact that North-East Adriatic ports
are not capable or better are not used to transfer goods of its own economic production.
He believes that if we want the Italian system to regain a central position in the Adriatic sea, for sure, we will
face the physical limits of the ports, because they don’t’ have the structures of the Northern ports. Still it is
foreseen that the TEU traffic will increase in extraordinary way and we if TEU’s move from one side of the
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world to another, we shouldn’t believe that the Italian ports will be excluded from the commercial exchange.
The ports should pass to a broader vision and not remain concentrated to the single port’s situation, that
would allow them to develop a long term strategy and for sure all ports will benefit from the traffic increase
in 2015. Another possibility on the ports’ disposal is to interact as much as possible with the back-harbour
production system. There are also customs and infrastructural problems to be solved in relation to the links
sea – shore.
Cooperation is necessary to allow the promotion and marketing of Adriatic Sea. We should no longer speak
of the single ports, but of the whole Adriatic sea and its capacity. Mr. Bonaldo disagreed with Mr.
Antonellini in the fact that the agency shouldn’t be binding, since once the ports adhere they should respect
the signed agreement and not withdraw themselves as soon as a minimum issue on which they disagree
emerges.

Mr. Nardini agreed with Mr. Antonellini that each port has its own hinterland, whose functions sometimes
overlap. Ports authorities must try to create conditions for the development of the market, guarantee
infrastructures, carry out the necessary dredging in compliance with the environment sustainability. Port of
Trieste has a national and international operational field, it therefore looks alike to the Italian and to the
Slovenian and Croatian ports. There are possibilities for development, for cities and territories if everyone
makes the necessary effort for the construction of safe roads, appropriate facilities in the back-harbour areas,
etc. The cooperation among ports is welcomed, like the one emerging from the Portus project. What they are
trying to achieve with their partners (from Ravenna and Koper) is to put in place common projects to obtain
community funding, mostly for the infrastructure realisation. One of the examples is the coastal railway
connection from Trieste to Koper, that would allow citizens from both cities to reach the Ronchi airport. The
two ports together with the 2 municipalities are about to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the
fulfilment of similar tasks foreseen for the Agency.
In Italy we have the Assoporti organisation, that sees the Adriatic sea, in particular Italy under-represented.
As it was said before the Baltic ports have a rather interesting vision and we should observe them closely.
They have a unique Observatory that puts on disposal homogeneous data base for the whole area.



Ms. Čertalić described the situation of the port of Koper. In reference to the current initiative, she said that
they are mostly working on common projects in the fields of safety, environment, infrastructure within the
European Programme framework. The port is presenting a project within the Marco Polo programme, with
the short sea fishing from Koper to Barcelona. Port of Koper, unlike Italian ports doesn’t have a port
authoritiy, but it carries out both public (infrastructure investments, environmental and safety issues) and
commercial services (terminal operations). They are expanding in the back-harbour context, by investing in
the regional distribution centre in Sežana, that wishes to present a common project with Fernetti.
Last year, port of Koper reached its record in container traffic – 300 000 TEU and half a million vehicles. She
underlined that the Eastern market and the Far East markets need a new support, they are looking for the
right way to enter the Adriatic sea, and we have to act as a system to obtain something. The investments in
infrastructure are essential, because in her opinion none of the Adriatic ports has the quantity or the quality
necessary to satisfy their needs. Last year the port of Koper opened 2 offices: one in Bulgaria and one in
Kuala Lumpur in view of expanding in the East and Far East markets.

Mr. Soriani added that the example of Koper shows that the missing separation private division and public
management gives positive results, which is almost a controversial situation. When we speak about the
Adriatic sea, we mostly concentrate to the Northern Adriatic area, still we must admit that the other, Eastern
side of the Adriatic sea is extremely dynamic. In this situation, the problem is to manage the growth flows
that is almost naturally oriented to growth. In Italy, the problem regards better logistic organisation of traffic
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flows rather then increasing the flow. He underlined that projects, like the one involving Trieste, Fernetti,
Sežana and Koper are one of those examples that follow the market logic and involve public and private
stakeholders.

Mr. Drigo said that what they could understand from the second Portus meeting, is that the Adriatic sea is
in crisis, especially in reference to the container traffic in comparison to the Tyrrhenian ports and to the
neighbouring Mediterranean ports. The main problem in Italy consists in the lack of infrastructures. It is not
possible to think to pass form 27 to 54 Million TEU in a little bit less then 15 years, because not even today
we don’t have an adequate programme. Spain assisted to a real boom, because the central government and
port authorities invested massively in primary infrastructures. Furthermore Adriatic sea is a closed sea in
comparison to Tyrrhenian one and therefore also limited for certain kind of ships.

Mr. de Sena spoke on behalf of Cossuta group, that operates in the Adriatic Sea (Koper, Bar, Turkey). He
was happy to hear that during the second forum, they spoke about cooperation rather then about the
creation of a system, that is a rather difficult task. Cooperation for competition is in his opinion a starting
point to reach common objectives.

Mr. Beškorvniz spoke on behalf of Intereuropa, logistic provider from Koper and as such they whish to
expand their business, to end up managing perhaps a whole terminal. He agrees that the intermodality is the
right choice and that we should use the corridors, such as corridor V, IX and X to obtain major traffics.

Dott. Appetecchia made a short contribution in reference to three main issues: the already before mentioned
agency or a secretariat, a more general strategy of the INTERREG projects and finally a possible role of the
port of Ancona. The idea of an agency derived from the careful observation of researches carried out in the
field of Portus and they thought that each of us could carry out reports, connected among themselves. They
have defined two traffic segments: container and cruise sector. These two segments should be faced jointly,
since the demand for both is focused only on few operators and this is especially true for the international
level. The possibility to create a joint offer for all Adriatic ports could represent an added value, since it
would be useful for the actors that dispose of a high concentration of traffic to have one single interlocutor
for all traffic basins. This is even more true for cruise sector, where the demand actors are even fewer then
for the container traffic.
In reference to the development of the Portus II, they are suggesting that the port authorities and local
bodies form a consortium to examine the possibility to study a common offer, so that some aspects could be
homogenized, such as product sales in the container and cruise traffic, statistic researches. The agency could
therefore collect traffic data of single ports, that would be much more transparent for the operators.
As far as the strategy of the Interreg project is concerned, we should ask ourselves up to what extend can
crossborder cooperation tools favour the integration of the single actors and its enlargement. We should
furthermore try to understand whether integration and dialogue among the ports is favouring the
integration process.
The example made by the port of Koper, that is the possibility to organise discussions concerning ports
organisation and administration, solutions found in Italy and the possibility to apply them in Croatia,
Slovenia or Montenegro, is rather interesting. The already existing structures, located in Ancona, like
Adriatic secretariat, Adriatic – Ionic Initiative Secretariat are sinful to favour the exchange of experiences
and evaluation on operational management, that will then favour the aim of enhancing relations between the
member states and the accession countries. They therefore propose to give more visibility to the existing
structures and to the agency if it ends up to be founded, to give a stronger role to Ancona, that has been
investing for years in dialogue. In Ancona exists also an Observatory on sea traffic in Adriatic and Ionic sea
and they therefore have on their disposal a rather consistent background.
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Ms. Prijon started with some figures and data concerning the transport situation in Slovenia. Slovenia is a
small country, but with a GDP of 15.167 Euro per capita and 9% of the GDP comes from the transport sector.
As far as transport sector is concerned, it is almost completely managed by the state and very little by private
subjects. Motorways construction is in the heart of the transport policy and for this reason the railway
connections have been left aside. Freight is transported mostly by road and the most frequently transported
freight is the construction material for roads. Transport corridors V and X are of crucial importance for
Slovenia and she underlined that only through joint actions among Trieste, Rijeka and Koper, together with
infrastructure investments they might manage to face the cargo increase foreseen for the future.
The port of Koper is a private service port, that is completely private, even though the state owns 51% of
share. Luka Koper Company is a holding that has its p.l.c. profit centres. Typically this port is a transit port.
This is it’s main source of growth. Speaking about future increase in flows she added that unless we take
actions and cooperate among the ports, all ports will be in saturation.

Mr. Zugan had the task to present Portus II project. The new project is called Europe – Adriatic SEA WAY
(EA – SEA WAY) and the application for the project is to be submitted at the next IPA call for the new
programme period 2007 – 2013. The idea emerged from two projects presented during IPA round table
discussion held on 12th March 2008 in Cividale del Friuli by the Croatian county Primorsko Goranska and
the Short Sea Shipping Promotion Centre from Croatia. The project aims at operational examination of
institutional structures, possibilities present in the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean sea, solution
proposals for the regulation harmonization in the transport field concerning security and safety,
environmental issues, etc. Partnership should involve in Italy regions: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia
Romagna, possibly also Puglia, Abruzzo and Molise Region; university of Venice and Trieste, Italian
Ministry for Transport and Infrastructures, CEI, port authorities of Trieste, Venice, Ravenna and Ancona, in
Croatia: university of Rijeka, Faculty of maritime Studies, Croatian Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and
Development, Port of Rijeka, Primorsko Goranska County, Short Sea Shipping Promotion Centre and the
Port Authority of Ploče, in Slovenia Ministry of Transport and port of Koper, if possible Albanian partners
(Durres Port Authority, Institute for Transport); partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ministry of
Communication and Transport), Montenegro with the port of Bar and Ministry of Maritime Affairs and
Transport of Montenegro and hopefully also Greek partners.
The expected results are common data base updating through homogenization of data collected during
cooperation programmes, qualifying structural capacity of the Adriatic ports in relation to the demand
evolution in the macro sectors, examination of infrastructural development plans, identification of strength
and week points of Adriatic ports, examination of global penetration potential of Adriatic ports into the
Central and Eastern European Market and development and implementation of ICT solutions for passengers
and freight. The project is divided into 9 Work Packages: WP1 Project Management and Coordination; WP2
Common data base; WP3 Structural capacity analysis of the South, Central and North Adriatic area; WP3.A
South, central and North Adriatic area freight traffic structural capacity analysis, WP3.B South Central and
North Adriatic area passenger traffic structural capacity analysis, WP3.B1 Main ports structural capacity
analysis, WP3.B2 Regional and local ports structural capacity analysis; WP4 Shipping routes and costs
analysis for passenger and freight, WP5 Regulations analysis for passengers and freight, WP6 ICT Promotion
and development; WP7 Scenario analysis for passengers and freight traffic; WP8 Cooperation strategies
between ports; WP8.A Freight traffic cooperation strategies, WP8.B Cooperation strategies between ports to
develop passengers traffic, WP9 Dissemination of results and human resources training (web site,
organisation of periodical events). The latter package foresees setting up a permanent laboratory with the
aim to coordinate the follow up of the project results and this task could be carried out by the Agency. An
important issue is to start with a serious analysis of necessary resources for targeted marketing. The project
should have a duration of 3 years with a total budget of 3 Million Euros.
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He reminded the participants that this project fiche will be present on 13th June in occasion of the meeting of
the Transport Commission of the Euro- Adriatic Region.

Mr. Zinnanti closed the meeting by summing up some of the concepts that emerged during the meeting.
First of all the idea of an agency, that in his opinion is very interesting and extremely delicate issue at the
same time. Certainly it should be included in the Portus 2 project. We should try to attract the local
companies and draw their attention to the local ports.




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