COMMENT: It seems that a sense of madness has descended on the Trump administration and, in response, Europe is joining the madness, writes Ben Hackett.
The file opened by Spain's main competition authority on proposed stevedoring reform at the country’s ports has had a destructive impact on negotiations between owners and unions at both a national and local level, claim port unions.
The European Commission (EC) has announced a proposal to invest €78.9m into developing maritime ports and €44.7m into developing inland waterways under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
Old habits and processes, resistance to change and a ‘turf war’ over the control of data flows all contributed to the failure of the European Commission’s drive for national Maritime Single Windows, delegates at the IPCSA conference in Brussels were told.
The Spanish government has been hit by a further fine from the European Court of Justice for its failure to introduce stevedoring reform in an appropriate time frame.
European regulations have exempted dredging from state aid restrictions, but not everyone’s happy. Felicity Landon reports
Despite objection from the UK port industry, the European Parliament has approved a new regulation on EU ports, with an aim to make them more efficient and attractive to investors, and make the fees and funding that EU ports get from shipping lines and governments clearer.
Spain's Economic Development Minister Ana Pastor has sent a second proposal to the European Commission in respect of reform of the country's stevedoring model. This follows a second referral about this subject to the European Court of Justice.
The European Commission has opened two in-depth probes to check if corporate tax exemptions granted under Belgian and French law to ports' economic activities are in line with EU state aid rules.
After 15 years of discussions, the European Commission, Council and Parliament have reached a compromise on the text for the Ports Regulation, the legal framework for organising port services and financial transparency of ports in Europe.
Underwater, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) will scan the ocean and gather environmental information for management of one of Europe’s busiest ports.
The European Commission has referred Spain to the Court of Justice for failing to comply with a previous judgement concerning freedom of establishment at Spanish ports.
The European Council has agreed to take a general approach on a proposal aimed at building up minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels across EU ports - a directive that is part of the Clean Power for Transport Initiative
The Port of Lisbon is looking to make operations “easier, faster, more efficient and transparent” with investments in a new terminal and a national single window (NSW).
Major European port players met in Brussels this week to discuss the European Union’s plans to review EU ports policy at a specially convened mini-hearing.
The European Commission has set out plans to ease customs formalities for shipping but it’s as yet unclear as to how the changes are likely to affect European ports.
Never let it be said that the European Commission gives up on a fight: liberalisation proposals for ports in the trading bloc have resurfaced once again, undaunted by the backlashes to the previous incarnations in 2003 and 2006.
Following the European Commission’s adoption of a new regulation and communication, ‘Ports: en engine for growth’, earlier this week, the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) has expressed concerns that the proposals could have on workers in technical-nautical services.
Port Strategy issued a newsflash on 23 May from Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for mobility and transport, on a new initiative to improve port operations and transport connections at 319 key EU seaports.
Europe’s prosperity has always been linked to sea trade and ports, which have great potential for sustaining growth in the years ahead. As gateways to the EU’s entire transport network, they are engines of economic development. And more cargo, cruise ships and ferries in our ports mean more jobs.
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