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Ports: Illusion to think dialogue leads to more competition

The European ports don't care much for the EU Commission's port initiative regarding the point stating that "social dialogue" will create more competition in cargo handling. "It's an illusion," says ESPO to ShippingWatch.

Though it's not stated specifically in the proposal by the vice presiden of the EU Commission, Siim Kallas, EU officials aren't trying to hide the fact that the port initiative, published this morning, Thursday, has pushed the most difficult challenge a few years into the future. That is, creating more competition in the cargo handling sector, where especially ports in Spain and Southern Europe have been criticized for being closed toward new companies.

And the association of European ports, ESPO, calls it problematic that the EU failed to address the issue of how to create an open market for the companies and people loading and unloading the ships.

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