The ESPO Award was handed out by the Deputy Director-General of DG Move, Maja Bakran, during a ceremony at “Palais des Académies” in Brussels. Maja Bakran stated in the occasion: ”We truly see the ports at the heart of our transport system and you can count on our continuous support.”
The Port of Rotterdam Authority won the 2018 Award for its project, “The Port of Rotterdam creates a good working environment for everyone”, which focuses on maximising the synergy between the port, the city and the region. This means according to an ESPO press release giving employees skills matching the needs of companies in the port, providing training for the port’s current and future talents, and stimulating co-working between different companies within the port and by employing as many people from Rotterdam and its surroundings as possible in the port.
Henk de Bruijn, Manager Social and Labour Affairs at Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: ”This ESPO Award is for us the recognition that we are on the right track with our ’People in and around Ports’ program.
The ESPO Award 2018 saw four projects from Associated British Ports, North Sea Port, Port of Tallinn and Port of Rotterdam Authority compete for the prize.