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Acting on  a  complaint from  the  Irish  ferry operator,  Irish  Continental
Group, the Commission  has decided interim  measures against  the Chambre  de
Commerce  et  d'Industrie  de Morlaix,  Brittany,  France.    The  Commission
decided, prima  facie, that the  Chamber of Commerce had  abused its dominant
position as the  operator of the port  of Roscoff in Brittany  by refusing at
this stage ICG access to the port  facilities there, in violation of  Article
86 of the EC Treaty.  The Commission has decided that  the CCI must grant ICG
access to the port of Roscoff by June 10th 1995.

ICG applied to  CCI Morlaix for access  to Roscoff  in November 1994 for  the
purpose  of commencing  a  ferry service  between  Ireland and  Brittany this
Summer.   Following negotiations, the parties had  agreed in principle on the
question of access  to Roscoff by 16 December  1994, for the season beginning
27 May 1995, and sailing schedules and a number of  technical issues had been
agreed.  

Following the  agreement in  principle of  December 1994,  ICG announced  its
services  to Roscoff and  began to take bookings.   However,  in January 1995
CCI Morlaix indicated its wish to suspend negotiations.

Following ICG's complaint to the Commission,  further negotiations took place
but  no  agreement  was  reached  between  the  parties,  at  this  stage, in
particular as to the date to comments operations.

The Commission has  decided that, prima facie,  the behaviour of CCI  Morlaix
amounted to a refusal to supply services.

The port  of  Roscoff is,  for  the  time being,  the  only port  capable  of
providing   adequate port  facilities in  France for  ferry services  between
Brittany and Ireland,  a market which accounted for around 100,000 passengers
in 1994.  At present, only one ferry company, Brittany Ferries, is  operating
between Ireland and Brittany.

On the basis of the Commission decision CCI Morlaix must take the  neccessary
steps to allow ICG access  to the port of Roscoff by June 10th 1995.   In the
meantime the  Commission  hopes  that  both  parties  will  find  a  suitable
solution to the pending technical problems. 

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