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Rotterdam slams “superfluous” EC proposal

Rotterdam slams “superfluous” EC proposal
Europe’s largest cargo handler and port industry association Deltalinqs have cried foul of European Commission plans to revamp the continent’s ports, dubbing the measures “extra bureaucracy”.

While Rotterdam Port Authority praised aspects of the EC proposals – such as increasing the transparency in Government funding of ports, and the increasing of Port Authority autonomy - it has claimed that the appointment of an independent supervisor for ports in every member state will lead to time-wasting procedures and delays.

“In the Netherlands, such new supervision is totally superfluous,” said ceo Hans Smits. “Following its autonomisation in 2004, the Port Authority signed a covenant with Deltalinqs, after it had been reviewed by the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa). In it, highly efficient and effective procedures for setting port tariffs were agreed. Furthermore, anyone who has a complaint can report it to the NMa.”

“As clients of the port, we have a well-functioning consultation system with the Port Authority for setting the port tariffs every year,” said Deltalinqs president Steven Lak. “If we are unable to agree on these tariffs, there is an independent arbitration scheme.”