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June 21, 2012

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The EU commission has started a consultation on the quality of the harbour services and on the efficiency and the transparency of the harbour system

Verhoeven (ESPO): “we receive with favor the initiative of the Commission to consult the interested parts”

Yesterday the EU commission has started a consultation with the stakeholder of the harbour field with the objective to estimate three issues specifically, that is the quality of the harbour services in the European Union let alone the efficiency of the harbour system and the transparency of the harbour organizations. The investigation, than will conclude next 24 August, is turned to the Harbour Authorities, the suppliers of harbour services, the companies of navigation, to who it represents the cargo and to the harbour workers.

The EU commission previews to draw yields from this consultation, on whose base will be identified the future challenges of the European portualità that they will be introduced to the conference “Unlocking the Grow next 26 Potential” that will hold 25 and september to Brussels, in the course of which the Commission will illustrate the possible measures in order to tackle to these challenges and the actions to undertake to European level. In October another survey will be realized in which the possible strategic options will be introduced, that they will be able to go from the formulation of lines guides and from the location of measures of I support to the definition of infraction procedures and to the drawing up of a real law.

Satisfaction for the start of the consultation is expressed by the general secretary of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO): “we receive with favor the initiative of the Commission to consult the interested parts - Patrick Verhoeven has commented - the precedence attempts of giving norms to the European ports - it has explained - are criticized because they were not based on an essential analysis of the field. Now the things are different and therefore we encourage our associates actively to contribute to this investigation so that a precise picture of the current situation emerges”.

ESPO has remembered that the development of an European political municipality of the ports has known up to now a uneven distance: as a result of the first initiatives undertaken at the end of years '90, the EU commission have looked for two times, in 2001 and 2004 ( of the 13 and 14 13 February 2001 and October 2004), at the market to produce a law on the access of the harbour services. Both attempts - it has specified the association of the European ports - are characterized by strong trade-union protests and they are not successful to find the support of the majority of the European Parliament. In the 2007 Commission it has published a communication on harbour politics, than in short it has supplied indications on the application of the norms of the Treaty in the field ( of 10 October 2007). According to ESPO, the communication of 2007 it still today constitutes a good base on which working: “in our recent manifesto on politics and the harbour management ( of 11 May 2012, ndr) - Verhoeven has confirmed - we evidence the necessity to establish clear and proportional guidelines. Meanwhile we consider that the Commission would have to carefully monitor the performance of these guidelines and to act whereby manifest happen violations of the norms of the Treaty”.

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