REGATTA Conference “Towards a resilient, competitive and sustainable maritime sector in the Western Balkans” World Maritime Day – September 30, 2021 – Tirana, Albania/ 28 september

In the framework of the World Maritime Day, the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, the Transport Community Secretariat and the Durrës Port Authority are hosting a regional conference on the development of maritime transport.

For the first time, European and regional stakeholders of maritime transport will gather in a dedicated conference, with the participation of several Transport and Infrastructure Ministers from the region, representatives from the European Commission, the World Maritime Organization, the European Seaports Organisation, leading Port operators in the Adriatic-Ionian region and civil society.

The World Maritime Day is an opportunity to mobilize political will and enhance mechanisms of regional cooperation for the sustainable development of maritime transport and multimodality in South-Eastern Europe, and more specifically in the Adriatic-Ionian area.

Regional stakeholders are committed to turning the maritime sector into a pillar of sustainable economic development, through investments and regulatory reforms. In order to achieve tangible results, it is important to seek effective collaboration in maritime transport between the EU and the Western Balkans and build coalitions for joint projects and initiatives.

The Conference proceedings will focus on three topics: Implementation of the Pan-European Transport Corridors and connectivity with the Adriatic coast; Ports as enablers of growth in the green transition – How to achieve sustainability through digitalisation and greening of Ports; Regional cooperation for the implementation of key infrastructure projects in the ambit of EU’s Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.

During the conference, the Regional Transport Community will also present the ” Action Plan for Waterborne Transport and Multimodality “, the result of joint efforts of the European Union and the countries of the region.

The conference will be held at the “Palace of Congresses” (Tirana), on September 30, 2021, at 10.00 am.

Contacts and Information for Albanian and foreign media:

Elitjona Doko, Durrës Port Authority: [email protected]

Kristijan Ležaić, Desk Officer for Waterborne Transport: [email protected]