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EUROPE'S INLAND PORTS OUTLINE THEIR CONCERNS.

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP, which represents 200 inland ports in 18 European countries, presented its annual report for 1998-1999 on October 22 in Brussels. EFIP President Klaus van Lith took the opportunity to outline the Federation's policy priorities for the coming year. Of primary concern is the integration of the pan-European transport network and problems regarding funding: the EFIP argues that existing tri-modal locations should be exploited, instead of creating new bi-modal sites. Europe's inland ports further deplore the fact that combined transport is increasingly becoming a synonym in policy debates for road-rail combinations, and are demanding recognition of their contribution to multi-modal traffic. With a view to securing more complete integration in the transport chain, the Federation has expressed support for European initiatives on inland and short-sea shipping. Inland ports - which are often directly connected to railway networks and are in some cases even owners of a port rail network - have also welcomed the notion of extended access to the European rail network, outlined in the "package" currently being discussed by Minister. Finally, the EFIP has emphasised the importance of having a level playing field between transport modes in order to avoid distortion of competition, notably when it comes to state aid.

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Date:Oct 30, 1999
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