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British ports slam Brussels plans

[ May 28, 2013   //   ]

Brussels’ proposals to increase competition for some ports services – excluding cargo handling – have failed to win the backing of the UK Major Ports Group. The group’s executive director, Richard Bird said the association would be pressing for the proposal to be rejected by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. While UKMPG supports competition between ports, it is against competition within ports.

He considers that the timing of the proposals is poor, he added, as there is still uncertainty over future EU rules on concessions, which could apply to port services, such as freight handling.

Moreover, says UKMPG, the Commission’s proposal is completely unnecessary and could lead to more red tape.