EUPORTRAItS, the EUropean PORTWorkers TRAIning Scheme, is a project financed by the VII Research and Development Framework Programme of the European Commission, FP7.

FP7 is the short name for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe during the 2007-2013 period. FP7 is also designed to respond to Europe's employment needs, competitiveness and quality of life.

EUPORTRAItS is addressed to the topic of the Work programme CP-CSA – Call: FP7 Transport 2013-MOVE 1, SST.2013.6-2. Towards a competitive and resource efficient port transport system.

The objectives of the call are to facilitate ports (maritime or inland waterway) to efficiently handle the increasing freight volumes; to enable seamless logistics chains; to review the restrictions on provisions for port services; to enhance the transparency on ports' financing, highlighting the destination of public funding to the different port activities with a view to avoid any distortion of competition; and to "establish a mutually recognisable framework on the training of port workers in different fields of port activities".

The same objectives are at the forefront of the EU transport policy actions.

This topic is aiming to address two particular challenges through two distinct projects. The first focuses on significant differences in current practice in collecting and interpreting ports data that restrict the ability to monitor the evolution, developments and needs of the EU port system. The second is examining the tremendous impacts of innovation dynamics as they become critical for the sustainable development of EU ports.

Technological changes and market pressures will drive requirements for mastering innovative port operations and generating the necessary human resources, i.e. people with the right skills, training and qualifications to understand, master and exploit all the advantages provided by the new technologies.

Two projects have been financed under this call:

  • PORTOPIA project, that aims at the production of a knowledge and management tool for monitoring the efficiency and performance of sea and inland ports.
  • EUPORTRAItS project, that supports the objective of the “Social Agenda for maritime transport” in terms of training of port workers in different fields of port activities.
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