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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.

"It is extremely disheartening to see EU co-legislators gradually empty the already weak Commission proposal of any substance for the port user community. The opportunity for a meaningful reform of EU ports is slipping through our fingers and at this stage the EU shipping industry’s interest in supporting this proposal is indeed very limited," says ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven in a statement.

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