EC proposals threaten UK ports

  • European Parliament is to vote on potentially damaging ports legislation next Tuesday.
  • UK’s port industry is thriving. Investment is running at £400m a year and productivity is 1.3 times higher than UK economic average.
  • 75% of UK’s largest ports are privatised. In contrast, 80% of EU ports are operated by state or local authorities.
  • The European Commission’s proposed Ports Services Regulation poses major risks to UK’s currently competitive ports industry.
  • UK Government and MEPs must as a minimum insist on an exemption of privately-financed ports from the proposed EU regulations.

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Daniel Mahoney, Tim Knox - Friday, 4th March, 2016