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The word on the streets in Brussels is that Slovak commissioner Maros Sefcovic is set to be named in charge of the maritime affairs for the policy forming body of the 27-nation bloc. The interesting point is that he comes from a landlocked country with, one assumes, no experience of maritime affairs or the sea itself. There are of course plenty of other countries in the EU that are landlocked but none has before been named to take the lead on shipping. Veteran Brussels shipping journalist Justin Stares weighs the pros and cons of the decision.

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