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Maritime transport and antitrust law: An overview of EU and national case law

Maritime transport has been a catalyst of economic development and prosperity for Europe throughout its history. Maritime transport enables trade and contacts between Member States of the European Union, ensures the security of supply of energy, food and commodities and provides the main vehicle for European imports and exports to the rest of the world. Almost 90% of the EU external freight trade is seaborne. Short sea-shipping represents 40% of intra-EU exchanges in terms of ton-kilometres. The quality of life on islands and in peripheral maritime regions also depends on good maritime transport services. Each year, more than 400 million passengers embark and disembark at one of the many European ports. In sum, sea transport is an vital source of employment and income for EU economy,

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Stefano Grassani, Maritime transport and antitrust law: An overview of EU and national case law, 17 June 2014, e-Competitions Transport (maritime), Art. N° 67117

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