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Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - I supported amendments in the name of the Greens/EFA Group which sought to adopt guidelines on fair competition, social standards and environmental protection for tramp vessel services. These amendments also called for special account to be taken of the specific situation of small and medium-sized ship owners. Unfortunately these amendments were defeated. The resulting report overall goes against proposals by the Commission aimed at breaking down cartels in maritime transport. Therefore I voted against the final report because I believe that in many respects the Commission’s original proposal was better suited to lowering maritime transport costs, without endangering the reliability of services.