UK government to compensate Eurotunnel for market distortion

New Europe | March 04, 2019

The British government will pay Eurotunnel a €38 million settlement for violating the bloc’s competition law. The compensation comes after the UK came to an agreement with three ferry companies to provide extra services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The contract awarded to Brittany Ferries (France), DFDS (Denmark), and Seaborne Freight (UK) would, in theory, allow them to provide additional cargo capacity and alternatives routes, easing the pressure on specific ports on both sides of the Channel. The UK’s Department of Transport was planning to look for capacity beyond Dover, particularly in Poole, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Immingham, and Felixstowe. However, the contract appeared scandalous when it was revealed that Seaborne Freight did not have its own vessels and that some of the ports in question were inadequate.

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In ‘Investing in Our Nation’s Future’ we set out a bold offer to reshape the future of public services around people and places. Reform has never been more necessary, particularly for young people. Our young people have suffered most during the downturn, which accelerated worrying trends that existed well before the recession hit in 2008. Around 40 per cent of young people are either unemployed or underemployed. In fact employment and skills services have long failed too many young people. There has been some excellent practice, but decades of centralisation and fragmentation have left the system broken, expensive and disconnected from the lives of young people.

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Parsons Corporation | December 17, 2020

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