A new ferry route from Ostend to the UK in the near future?

A new ferry route from Ostend to the UK in the near future?

A new ferry route between the West Flemish coastal city of Ostend and the port of Ramsgate in the English county of Kent could be just around the corner. The Mayor of Ostend Bart Tommelein (liberal) and the Alderman responsible for amongst other things the city’s port Charlotte Verkeyn (nationalist) have told the daily ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ that since their visit to Ramsgate in January progress towards launching the new service has speeded up considerably. The new ferry link was to have started up in March of last year. However,…

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One-third of British companies ready to move abroad

One-third of British companies ready to move abroad

Close to a third of British businesses are ready to move their operations abroad due to the risks linked to Brexit, according to a survey published on Friday by a U.K. think tank. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Directors, polled 1,200 company directors on 17 – 19 January: 29% said they planned to move to prevent their businesses from being disrupted by a British withdrawal from the EU whose contours were still uncertain. Sixteen percent of the companies had already started moving their activities while the remaining 13%…

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EU establishes mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran

EU establishes mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran

A mechanism to facilitate EU trade with Iran despite U.S. sanctions was announced on Thursday by its three sponsors, France, Germany and the United Kingdom (E3), at a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Bucharest, Romania. The Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex) is a “Special Purpose Vehicle aimed at facilitating legitimate trade between European Union economic operators and Iran,” the E3 Foreign Ministers said in a joint statement. It will focus “initially on the sectors most essential to the Iranian population – such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and…

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