Shipowners: EU is wasting an opportunity to open ports

"Extremely disheartening." That is how Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven of the European Community Shipowners' Associations describes the development of the EU's plan to curb monopolies in the ports.

The EU countries are in the midst of completely watering down the contents of an already much-discussed proposal aimed at regulating the European ports and increasing market in freight handling and other services, thus creating increased economic transparency. In short, to break down the monopolies.

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