Western Isles leader wel­comes ferry rul­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

THE EURO­PEAN Com­mis­sion has in­formed the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment that in its view an ex­emp­tion to cur­rent state aid rules could now al­low the di­rect award of ferry ser­vices con­tracts to a pub­lic sec­tor op­er­a­tor.

Com­ment­ing on the an­nounce­ment by Scot­land’s Trans­port Min­is­ter Humzaa Yousaf MSP, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar leader Coun­cil­lor An­gus Camp­bell, said: ‘We very much wel­come this de­vel­op­ment.

‘ While it has taken a long time to reach this stage, it is very pleas­ing to hear that our is­land ferry ser­vices may no longer need to go out to ten­der, al­low­ing more re­sources to be spent on ser­vices rather than ex­pen­sive ten­der­ing pro­cesses.

‘We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our con­struc­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship on this is­sue with both Cale­do­nian MacBrayne and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.’

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