Today, in the Oval Hall of the Brdo Mansion near Kranj, Slovenia, a co-operation agreement was signed between Luka Koper and the Black Sea Port of Constanţa, respectively the largest ports in Slovenia and Romania. The official ceremony, marking conclusion of this agreement, was carried out within the context of an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Transport.
The accord was signed by Mr Barna Tanczos, State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Transport, and Mr Robert Časar, President of the Luka Koper Management Board.
Activities aimed at strengthening co-operation between the two ports go back to 2007. Luka Koper anticipates that this accord will engender a number of positive effects, in particular new business opportunities as regards its new inland terminal near the city of Arad in western Romania. In addition, the agreement opens the possibility of collaboration within the context of the so-called »short sea shipping « project; supported by the EU, this project anticipates the redirection of freight from Europe’s over-congested highways to the seaways. In general, the agreement will provide grounds for improved co-operation between the two countries, as well as increase the throughput of Romanian cargos via the Port of Koper.
The most active involvement of the Romanian Embassy in Ljubljana considerably accelerated the conclusion of this agreement. Ambassador Dana Constatinescu believes that this undertaking provides opportunities for both ports in their mutual endeavours to become significant entrepôts in the EU’s intercontinental trade. Further to this, the timing is perfect, because the focus of the EU transport policy is becoming ever-more oriented to maritime trade, which should – according to the Ambassador – provide an additional impetus to what is anticipated to be a most fruitful collaboration.
The main denominator in the agreement is a common interest for the establishment of a »sea highway« which shall, through regular services, connect both ports. Upon signing the agreement, Mr Rober Časar, President of Luka Koper's Management Board, said: “This is yet another important step in the accomplishment of our company strategy. I am positive that it will engender a number of synergetic effects, as well as provide new business opportunities that shall advance both ports.”