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20 years of port policy in Brussels

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2015-01-14 – The Port of Brussels was one of the first pararegional bodies to enter into a management agreement with the Brussels-Capital Region. Created by the Ordinance of 3 December 1992, the Port of Brussels has operated since 1 June 1993. Today, it manages Belgium’s second-largest inland port.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Port of Brussels, the weekly newsletter of the Socio-Political Research and Information Centre (Crisp) has studied the successive management contracts under which the regional company has operated. Its objective has beento explainthe policy decisions behind the development of the Port’s facilities, land and operations, the positions of the various regional players and the decisions they have taken. Crisp’s study also analyses how the management contracts have reflected regional issues and the extent to which they have contributed to the Port’s role in the economy, employment and mobility.

This three-volume study has been produced by Geneviève Origer, the Port’s former director of development. After outlining the position of the Port of Brussels in the first volume, in the latest two volumes she reviews the different port management contracts, looking at their context, the content of the documents, decisions and achievements. In this way, the full spectrum of policymaking in Brussels is addressed, including land use, urban planning, economic development, logistics, transport, environment and waste management. From a more forward-looking viewpoint, there is also analysis of the content of the current management contract (2013-2018), the general framework within which it will be implemented and major decisions and projects that the Port will face in the future.