Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with the delivery of reduced fares on Orkney ferry services.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 11 January 2019
The Scottish Government is engaging with the European Commission following a complaint made on 8 June 2018 regarding our plans to reduce ferry fares to the Northern Isles.
Scottish Government Officials met with European Commission officials in Brussels on 12 November 2018. The Scottish Government are awaiting a formal view from the Commission regarding the next steps in addressing the complaints.
The Scottish Government remains committed to pursuing all legally complaint avenues to deliver reduced fares for Orkney and this point has been communicated to Orkney Islands Council.