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Brussels rules ‘still a threat’ say UK ports

[ July 20, 2015   //   ]

The Ports Services Regulation, currently being considered by the European parliament, is still a threat, the UK Major Ports Group chairman Simon Bird told shipping minister Robert Goodwill on 16 July and reiterated the industry’s ongoing concerns over the Port Services Regulation.

Mr Bird said. “It is important that the UK Government recognises the potential harm that this Regulation could do to a sector that currently contributes nearly £8bn to the UK economy.”

At the meeting, the Minister stated that he understood the industry’s concerns and promised to take a personal interest in the discussions in Brussels and confirmed that the UK Government would be seeking the reinstatement in the Regulation text of the Competitive Market Exemption and other concessions gained during the EU Transport Council meeting last October.