European Shortsea Network

ESN will not have an official board. Although a chairman will be active to co-ordinate the work of ESN. The chairman will be from the promotion centre of the country that chairs the European Council. The chairman will also be active for the same period, which is 6 months. In case an EU member has no promotion centre, the sitting chairmanship will be extended by 3 months and the following chairman will start 3 month earlier.

One of the national promotion centres will be responsible for the financial affairs of the network. They will manage the bank account of the network, make payments and report financial results each quarter. This centre will also monitor the annual returns that are agreed upon by an external controller.

All the other work of ESN will be carried out by working groups or by one single centre. These groups can either be permanent or temporary in nature. Working agreements will be made according to each individual case.

Membership

- The membership of ESN is not exclusively opened for European Union member states, but is in principle open to all shortsea promotion centres from European countries

- Promotion centres from non-EU countries will be associate members.

- Although membership is in principle open to all European shortsea promotion centres, the criteria is that the centres have to be active on a national basis or at least active in a federal state such as Flanders. - Co-operation with local shortsea centres is possible and should be co-ordinated through the national bureau.

- ESN should encourage European countries to establish a shortsea promotion centre, especially those countries that are eligible for EU membership.

- Membership ends if the shortsea centre in question ceases their activities or if the activities do not meet with standards for promotion of the other members and/or the network.