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Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Implementation of the 2011 White paper on transport (debate)

  Jacqueline Foster (ECR). Mr President, first of all I would like to thank the rapporteur, Mr van de Camp, for all of his hard work. Certainly, from our point of view – the Conservative point of view – it is a shame that much of your original text was changed. You know that we supported a lot of it. Regrettably, it now contains several areas which my UK delegation will find difficult to support.

Firstly, the excessive concentration on further social legislation in the fields of aviation and road haulage: this would, in our view, close down the markets and is blatantly protectionist. Secondly, the unnecessary creation of a new European road safety transport agency: we do not believe that would add value. Next, the push to move forward with the Ports Directive which, as it stands, would in our view be damaging to the interests of a very successful British ports industry.

Finally, I come to the reference to Gibraltar. I see that the good colleague of mine who originally put down the amendments two years ago has left. This is about a British sovereign territory which is a full member of the single market. I must say that, while Spain continues to challenge this sovereign state, there will be no movement on either the implementation – regrettably – of Single Sky or the Passenger Rights Regulation that Mr Bach has worked on. For that reason, and solely for that reason, Mr van de Camp, we cannot support the report tomorrow, but we appreciate the work you have done.

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