“I considered this
decision to be contrary to EU competition law and
pursued the matter at European Commission level,"
said Ms Harkin.
The "significant disadvantage" to any bus provider
which could not take passengers under the Free
Transport Scheme was, in her view, "a clear
infringement of EU competition legislation".
“This is why I pursued this case on behalf of a
constituent and I am very pleased at the outcome
which once more indicates the positive role which
the EU plays in standing by the Small & Medium
Enterprise sector in Ireland and throughout the
Union," she added.