Hungary eyes Flanders’ ports during official visit


During their 10th Joint Commission, Flanders and Hungary talked ports and multimodal transport, as Hungary looks to strengthen its export market

Co-operation to continue in education, health care

A delegation of officials from Hungarian departments of transport and mobility were in Flanders this week to discuss Hungary’s use of the region’s ports. The country is looking to increase its exports to western Europe and beyond and spoke with port officials about the possibilities.

Antwerp is home to the second-largest port in Europe, and Flanders also maintains ports in Ghent and Zeebrugge on the coast. The officials discussed multimodal transport – combing different means of transport (sea, road, rail) – to illustrate how Flanders moves freight to other parts of Europe.

As road transport continues to become more difficult and expensive, with increased traffic and road tolls – Flanders also implemented a road toll for lorries in 2016 – multimodel transport is becoming increasingly crucial.

According to the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, its secretary-general, Koen Verlaeckt, also signed a work programme agreement with Hungary for the next two years. This will continue their co-operation in trade and transport, as well as in animal welfare, health care, education and culture.

Photo: Hungary’s deputy state secretary for foreign affairs, Petra Pana, signed a co-operation agreement with Flanders’ Koen Verlaeckt
©Courtesy FDFA

Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is Europe’s second-largest port and one of the world’s most important ports for container traffic.
Going green - The port’s first-ever sustainability report won it the Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report.
Size - The port takes up more space than the actual city of Antwerp.
Roots - Historians have found evidence for the port’s existence dating back to the 12th century.

barges entering the port daily


companies in the greater port area


tonnes of freight handled in 2012