The Spanish Competition Authority identifies competition problems in the fifth stowage market’s framework agreement in the port state sector

Since the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") judgment in 2014 in case Commission v. Spain (C-576/13), which declared the Spanish regime for stevedores incompatible with the freedom of establishment, there has been a progressive modification of the national regulation in order to liberalise the stevedoring sector and meet the requirements of the ECJ ruling. In November 2019, as a result of intense negotiations between the interested parties and new regulation approved, the draft of the fifth stevedoring framework agreement was signed. The Spanish Competition Authority ("CNMC") has now drawn up a non-binding report on this

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Candela Sotés Macaya, Patricia Linan Hernandez, The Spanish Competition Authority identifies competition problems in the fifth stowage market’s framework agreement in the port state sector, 8 May 2020, e-Competitions May 2020, Art. N° 95448

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