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Updated: MEPs put off port services vote

[ March 19, 2014   //   ]

Following its decision to postpone a vote on whether to allow cross—border operation of longer trucks in Europe, MEPs at the at the 17 March meeting of the Committee on Transport (TRAN) also voted to postpone another potentially tricky decision on the opening of the port services market. Following the TRAN vote, the issue was due to go to the European parliament’s plenary session in April. The European Commission wants to end monopolies on services like pilotage, towing, refuelling, though not stevedoring.

The European Shippers’ Council s was disappointed at the decision, saying: “This proposal had the support of almost all maritime stakeholders – not only shippers but also ship-owners, freight forwarders and shipping agents.” it was though encouraged that the next TRAN meeting could take up the topic again in either its current or amended form.