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Maritime lawyers: Vestager brings a whole new style

The recent signals from the EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, have caused a stir in shipping, and several maritime lawyers explain that she represents a break from past days' unwillingness to compromise, bringing instead a new understanding of the shipping sector.

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If one asks a horde of maritime lawyers, they will all be easily able to list the series of past EU Commissioners for Competition that have relied on a hard-line approach, with the maritime industry on one side and Brussels on the other. And these two sides would mainly just fight each other. This could be back in the days of Karel van Miert or, most recently, Joaquin Almunio, who dictated what the industry should do without the parties really feeling that they had been involved or their voices heard.

As such, it has caused a stir among European maritime lawyers that the EU's current Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, on the one hand has launched a transparency that the industry is far from used to while also displaying what numerous observers characterize as a completely new understanding of the industry's conditions as part of a global industry.

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