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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

Daniel joined the Centre for Policy Studies as Head of Economic Research in November 2015. He was promoted to Deputy Director in March 2017. Prior to joining the CPS, he worked in research roles for a number of parliamentarians.

Tim Knox was Director of the CPS from 2011-2017. Before he was Director, Tim was the Editor at the CPS - a position in which he was responsible for publishing papers by every Conservative leader since Mrs Thatcher as well as by hundreds of leading academics and opinion formers.