Shipowners criticize the EU for lack of port ambitions

The EU Council lacks ambitions for the ministers' own ports, says the European shipowners' association in a critical statement before the EU Commission's third attempt at approving an already watered down proposal.

The EU Commission will try for the third time to move on with the proposal to liberalize market access in European ports. But things do not bode well, says the European Community Shipowners' Associations, ECSA. The association has followed the process closely and has criticized the handling of the proposal numerous times.

According to the association, the Council has now approved a text for the proposal that highlights the member states' "lack of ambition with regard to their ports," as the ECSA says.

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