PLA currently leads a project to set up a partnership between Port of Rotterdam Authority, the port business community, two leading universities, and the city of Rotterdam, to establish an ambitious partnership to jointly invest in developing and transferring knowledge that is valuable for the port community. A formal launch is expected Q1 2015. PLA has led the process of achieving agreement, provided advise on effective organizational structures and advised on relevant areas for knowledge development.
Summer 2014, PLA assisted an important Mediterranean port by analyzing state aid decisions of the European Union. PLA provided an overview of EU transport policies, focused on maritime transport and intermodality, as well as a broad overview of the EU legal framework within which seaports operate. In this project we also analyzed the EU reasoning on state aid in ports and how port infrastructure in the port was financed in comparison to other European ports. Finally, we defined a set of relevant criteria for the port to assess whether potential projects are likely to be eligibility for EU funding.