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FUTUREMED Final Conference will be held on the 20th of May 2015 in Civitavecchia, Lazio region, Italy
In the context of FUTUREMED Project, which is dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of port-hinterland systems of the MED Area by addressing the three strategic sectors of freight, passenger and tourist traffics, we inform you that:

FUTUREMED Final Conference
20th May 2015
Civitavecchia, Lazio region, Italy

Last 28th of October 2014, FUTUREMED provided a practitioners workshop in Olbia to the local stakeholders, entitled "Towards the Maritime Single Window".

Two years after the beginning of the project, on 28th October 2014 in the Meeting Room of the Maritime Directorate of Olbia, FUTUREMED provided a practitioners workshop to local stakeholders entitled "Towards the Maritime Single Window". The event was organized in the context of the pilot project on freight and passengers infomobility, where the Port Authority of Northern Sardinia is strongly involved.

The workshop was intended to illustrate the benefits of the Maritime and Customs Single Window and of the Port Community System. An increased competitiveness and a greater accessibility to the ports of the Mediterranean sea, thanks to the introduction of technology and innovation in the management of port operations. All this, in the perspective of creating a more sustainable transport system.

 The workshop was opened by the greetings of the North Sardinia Port Authority and of the Maritime Directorate to the assembly, brought respectively by Dr. Giovanni Fabio Sechi – acting as Secretary-General – and by the Commander (Port Authority) Carlo Alberto Nebbia Colomba, Second in Command. Among the speakers, also Dr. Franco Schina representing Lazio Region, in its role of FUTUREMED project leader.

The meeting was chaired by the Commander (Port Authority) Raffaele Esposito - Head of Technical Administrative Department.

The workshop also included a Round Table, chaired by Dr. Andrea Campagna, Scientific Coordinator of FUTUREMED project, with the participation of Dr. Massimo Mura from Moby Lines and Prof. Carlo Marcetti from University of Cagliari.

The starting point of the workshop has been the analysis of the maritime Single Window, which allows a direct communication between the governing bodies (Customs, Harbour Offices, Port Authorities, etc ...) and other stakeholders involved in the import/export operations (shipping companies, port operators ...), in order to improve the efficiency of the logistics system and significantly reduce both the time required for goods release and the costs for the firms operating in the ports.

Moreover, the gradual and systematic disappearance of paper documents used by ship operators will be ensured by a real electronic conversion of data flows, thanks to a single electronic interface able to capture and communicate in real time all the information required under EU law, the national legislation and local ordinances.

The same simultaneity will be introduced in the exchange of information, thus allowing to know the volume of traffic even before the ship arrives into the port, and to organize, consequently, the whole activity of the port, in order to minimize the waiting time and to increase efficiency.

And this is precisely the objective pursued by the FUTUREMED project partners, and particularly by the Port Authority of North Sardinia that, in order to face a significant movement of vehicles and passengers - especially during the summer (the peak is 12 thousand cars per day) - requires a better organization in the management of traffic flows, with the introduction of an infomobility system.

Thanks to the immediacy in the sharing and knowledge of incoming and departing traffic flows, it will be possible to set up an information system for users and operators, who will be informed of the arrival times of the ship, and of the embarkation and disembarkation operations through electronic panels and other means of communication, thus facilitating the streamlining of traffic inflows or outflows from the port and speeding up port operations. By this way, road traffic will be also reduced.

This process will be made possible and widely supported by the establishment of a more general and homogeneous Check – In system, which will be the first step in the creation of an information exchange system on goods, vehicles and passengers between interfaced ports.

A series of innovations that, once implemented, will allow in each single port, the removal of the barriers to accessibility, a greater integration of the port with the land and the growth of the intermodal transport system.

Finally, in an international perspective, FUTUREMED project will help to harmonize the collected data with those of the other partner ports in order to build - in the spirit of a true Port Community System - an effective information exchange network on administrative compliance, and to establish a greater control and guidance of the activities on the dock, as well as, of course, to encourage the creation of new routes and trade.



The 2nd workshop of the FUTUREMED Observatory – GEIE took place in Marseille, the 9th October 2014. The objective of this event was double: from one side, the goal was to gather all the partners together for discussing about the features of the Observatory which is currently under creation; from the other side, this meeting was the occasion to start to present the Observatory to the external partners.

The following external stakeholders have attended this unique encounter, where professionals, scientific actors, and public authorities from all over the MED zone have animated a passionate debate on the future directions regarding the Mediterranean Port-Hinterland integration!

- Carlo Camisetti (TLS Europe)

- Fabrizio Camisetti (TLS Europe)

- Alberto Cozzi (InCE-CEI)

- Anna Di Tucci (ANNASPED s.r.l.)

- Roland Dachs (ASLOG)

- Caroline Azais (ELMED)

- Rada Orescanin (Muncipality of Monfalcone)

- Petros Sorokkos (KPMG Cyprus)

- Vasillis Kabakis (Federation Shipping agents of Greece)

- George Kastellanos (Hellenic Port Association)

- Costantin Tsakas (Institut de la Méditerranée)

The workshop has started with an overall presentation of the project by the FUTUREMED coordinator: Andrea Campagna, who has presented the interest of the project in the framework of the Mediterranean Port-Hinterland context, enabling the start of an interactive discussion on the reasons why Mediterranean ports are suffering from a lapse of competitiveness compared to their northern counterparts! The need for a shared strategy for the MED port-hinterland system has been underlined and agreed by both partners and stakeholders, who have also stressed that this issue should be a priority for the European Union. The territorial integration of the MED space is felt today as a primordially topic by a large number of actors.

The second speaker, Jean-André Lasserre from AFT (leader of the Capitalisation Work Package), has underlined the advantage of this form of organization, and has shown how the EEIG will behave in order to encourage a Mediterranean strategy for the Port-Hinterland Integration. Means of actions such as position and policy papers, guidelines and white papers will be used to raise awareness on our ideas. Moreover, we intend to participate to a growing number of events on behalf of the FUTUREMED Observatory, and eventually organize our own events, in order to orientate the debate towards the concerns of our members.

 The last two sessions, leaded by Massimiliano Angelotti (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region) and Aristos Halatsis have shown to the audience the tools and studies achieved by FUTUREMED so far. Interactive tools such as the Visibility Platform, providing an interactive mapping of the Mediterranean port-hinterland connections, or studies such as the gap analysis in the MED ports, will constitute the base for our further activities, and effective instruments that could be used by our members.

In general, the workshop has been very useful, external stakeholders have widely participated to the discussion and shown a great interest to the EEIG project. The next steps of creation of the Observatory will be followed by a much larger group of stakeholders.

Let’s meet again during our third FUTUREMED Observatory workshop, when the contract of creation of the EEIG will be signed.

We are eager to start this adventure with you…Let’s build our MED future together! 

29.10.2014, Belgrade, Serbia

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The third '' Danube Business Forum '' under the motto "All for one and one for all" was held from 29 October 2014 in Belgrade and Novi Sad, organized by "Media Invent", "Central European Development Forum" and "University of Novi Sad", under the auspices of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

The forum was dedicated to the Danube Strategy, its priority areas and pillars of development and it was attended by representatives of 14 countries in the field of economy, science, diplomacy and politics, and significant media support made it possible to promote this region as a desirable place to do business. During the forum was presented "ADB Multiplatform" project which is funded by the EU program "SEE transnational cooperation program" in order to introduce environmental multimodal transportation ideas promoted by the project which relate to the connection of ports of the Adriatic, the Danube and the Black Sea with the land locked countries in Southeast Europe and connectivity of different regions and participants in transport in order to improve freight transport connections in South East Europe.

"ADB Multiplatform" project was presented in city of Novi Sad by Vladan Stojanovic, member of Pirot Municipality team within the panel "Danube and intermodal transport."

FUTUREMED project successfully participated in the European Researchers' Night event, held at Warehouse C of the Port of Thessaloniki in Greece on 26th September 2014.

The European Researchers' Night is a mega event which takes place every year simultaneously in several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond.

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), organized on the 26th of September at the Warehouse C of the Port of Thessaloniki in an event which gave the opportunity to the public to be informed on the FUTUREMED and its objectives, the specific actions of the project such as the Capitalization Platform, the pilot cases etc as well as the first outcomes of the project

FUTUREMED was presented at the 3rd Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 3rd and 4th of September 2014, with the participation of more than 300 delegates from the ports', shipping and intermodal sector.  

The 3rd Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 3rd and 4th of September 2014, with the participation of more than 300 delegates from the ports', shipping and intermodal sector.


The conference opened with a keynote address by Ambassador Train Chebeleu, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), presenting BSEC's initiatives on trade facilitation, cooperation in the fields of transport, port development and regional integrated maritime policy.

The conference presentations were structured along 6 main themes:

- The Emerging Black Sea Region - Economic Perspectives for 2014 and Beyond
- Forecasting the Future of Maritime Transport and the Impact on the Black Sea Region
- Maximising Seaports and Intermodal Connectivity in the Black Sea Region
- Innovative Technology and Cutting Edge Solutions for Ports and Terminals in the Black Sea Region
- New Ports Development in the Black Sea Region - Opportunities and Challenges, and
- Enabling Ports Development & Cooperation in the Black Sea Region.

FutureMed opened the session on "Innovative Technology and Cutting Edge Solutions for Ports and Terminals in the Black Sea Region". Mr Aristos Halatsis (CERTH/HIT) on behalf of the FutureMed consortium presented the project's experiences in improving the competitiveness of port systems through technology and innovations. In his presentation, Mr. Halatsis provided the overall framework in which maritime transport operates, placing special focus on the ports' role and the increasing need for ICT-supported port-hinterland integration. He continued with a description of the project's outputs, including ICT integration along three port-hinterland corridors, best practice diffusion and cluster analysis. The presentation concluded with the main project experiences so far in a number of areas such as, interoperability, small actors' facilitation, ecosystem development and results transferability.