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Ferry contracts could be illegal, says Eurotunnel boss

[ January 11, 2019   //   ]

Eurotunnel boss Jacques Gounon has warned that the Government’s recent award of contracts to ferry companies to provide additional cross-Channel capacity after Brexit may be anti-competitive and illegal.
He has written to UK transport secretary, Chris Grayling, bringing to his attention “distortionary and anti-competitive effects of such an action, which would be a unilateral breach not only of the concession agreement with Eurotunnel, but more widely of existing competition and state aid law.”
He added that Eurotunnel already had its own contingency plans including additional freight shuttles and a terminal for unaccompanied trailers, but said government support was needed to bring these to fruition.