Calls have been made for ports in Wales to be given free port status following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
A European Commission report has revealed that the European Union has raised in the region of €2.4bn to finance some 100 port projects in both Spain and Ireland, as well as boosting the maritime economy in more peripheral regions of the trading block.
COMMENT: In Spain's ports, the wait goes on. The Spanish government is yet to unveil the detailed regulations that are intended to reflect the terms negotiated between port employers and dockworkers regarding the reform of Spain’s port labour arrangements, necessary to comply with EU legislation intended to make Europe’s ports more competitive.
COMMENT: The 48th meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from January 23 to January 26 generated a huge amount of optimism about world growth prospects, with business leaders and heads of state falling over themselves to highlight their contributions and views, writes Ben Hackett.
Personal information is about to get a use-by date, writes Stevie Knight
The European Union’s Port Services Regulation will be "consigned to the dustbin" in the UK due to Brexit, shipping minister John Hayes has told members of the UK Major Ports Group.
The Irish port of Dublin is to build new road layouts, put up inspection sheds for more Customs officers and set aside land for the queues of trucks it is expecting when the UK leaves the European Union.
COMMENT: To the outside world it looks like Spain has complied with its obligation to reform its port system. But has it, or more to the point will it when the formal deliberations of employers and unions are complete, asks Mike Mundy.
COMMENT: The European Union-mandated liberalisation of Spain's port services, which generated a period of significant unrest in the sector earlier in the year, is progressively leaving in its wake a changed pattern of container handling along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline.
Freight handled by UK ports in 2016 was down 3% due to a reduced demand for coal imports.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said that goods being imported into the UK could get stuck at ports and other points of entry for up to three days if British Prime Minister Theresa May does not reach a proper Brexit customs agreement with the European Union.
A new EU project aims to ensure an adequate level of both physical and cyber protection for European ports and to limit, as far as possible, the detrimental effects of combined physical and cyber-attacks.
COMMENT: The long-awaited European Union policy on government investments in seaports and airports has both high and low points. The sad part is that the high points are mainly centred around airports, while the seaport part takes the lion’s share of low points, writes Peter de Langen.
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