Competition and transport: Opening speech (Lille, 16 April 2015)

Transportation is an important economic and social issue for the French region of Nord - Pas-de-Calais. Enjoying a derogation of competition rules until the early 1990s, it has to face with waves of liberalization. Transportation companies, especially those that are active in the border region, are thus faced with a tough challenge because they are forced to adapt to current or potential new entrants to their markets.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. [1] 1. I am pleased to welcome you today to Lille on the occasion of this first conference organised by the Pôle C of DIRECCTE, the regional directorate for enterprise, competition, consumer affairs, labour and employment of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, entitled "Competition and transport". 2. I would also like to thank you all for coming in such large numbers, especially those who travelled from Brussels, but also from Paris, as did our four speakers who enthusiastically agreed to share their experiences and share their complementary views on this fascinating issue. 3. This issue of competition and transport is also important, particularly in

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