The European Union’s Committee of the Regions, the voice of regions and cities in the European Union, has welcomed the October 8 adoption of the general approach on port services by the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council.

Michel Lebrun, President of the Committee of the Regions has expressed the view that “On delicate issues such as providing public authorities with margins of manoeuvre to preserve the role of small ports and outermost regions’ ports, as well as to ensure services linked to safety, security and environmental protection in port areas, the Transport Council shared the main proposals formulated by the Committee of the Regions”.

The report of the Committee takes into account key requests made by the Committee such as respect for the diversity of ports in the EU.