'Blue Belt' Package to Foster Inter-European Maritime Trade

Press Release
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Image courtesy of EU Commission

The European Commission commits to establish a true single European market for maritime transport by spring 2013 with its 'Blue Belt' package.

In this way, the Commission intends to promote maritime transport by no longer subjecting EU goods transported between EU seaports to administrative and customs formalities, which apply to goods arriving from overseas ports. Administrative simplification will be supported by ICT technologies which permit the tracking of ships and cargo as tested during the Blue Belt pilot project.

Furthermore, the Commission refers to the ongoing EU Ports Policy Review and to how the availability, efficiency and reliability of port services will contribute to enhance the attractiveness of maritime transport.

The Blue Belt package was announced as part of a set of priority actions identified in the Communication “Single Market Act II: Together for new growth”, which was adopted by the Commission on 3 October.  The Single Market Act II sets out a set of priority actions which support four drivers for growth: Developing fully integrated networks in the Single Market; Fostering mobility of citizens and businesses across borders; Supporting the digital economy across Europe; and finally Strengthening social entrepreneurship, cohesion and consumer confidence

The Commission considers that in a globalised world, the access to ports has to be organised in an integrated way and that port authorities have a crucial role to play in this context. The main areas in which the Commission has or will deliver EU action are namely, the obligations of Member States regarding the sound planning of ports and hinterland connections, the transparency of public funding and port charges, and administrative simplification efforts in ports, and reviewing restrictions on the provision of services at ports. No further information however is provided in this Communication regarding how the Commission intends to address the areas not yet covered.

Regarding the timing, the Commission is committed to deliver all key legislative proposals by spring 2013 and calls on the European Parliament and the Council to fast-track all key legislative actions and adopt them as a priority by spring 2014.


 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Drydocks World & Maritime World Win IMC Excellence Awards

Drydocks World and Maritime World have won the Excellence Award given by the International Maritime Club at the Golden Bells Awards 2015 - Middle East where

Ocean 3 launched at the AGCT, Rijeka

China Shipping Container Line’s (CSCL) Xin Qin Huang Dao recently made its maiden call at the Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Scandlines Ferry Back in Service by End June

The damaged Scandlines ferry M/V Prinsesse Benedikte is being repaired at the Polish shipyard Remontowa and is expected to be ready before the end of June 2015.

Ports

Ocean 3 launched at the AGCT, Rijeka

China Shipping Container Line’s (CSCL) Xin Qin Huang Dao recently made its maiden call at the Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Poland's LNG Terminal - Unfinished Agenda for Saipem

Poland's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Baltic port of Świnoujście will be completed only if Italian firm Saipem receives further payment, reports Reuters.

Greece Will Sell Piraeus Port Stake in Weeks

The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country's deputy prime minister told China's official Xinhua news agency,

Logistics

Gulf Bridge Express Service to End

The Gulf Bridge Express Service will shortly be terminated with the last roundtrip voyage being MV Saint Nikolaos voyage 00008S, ETA New Orleans on April 22, 2015.

China Unveils Action Plan on Maritime Silk Road

China has unveiled the principles, framework, and cooperation priorities and mechanisms in its Maritime Silk Road initiative in a bid to enhance regional connectivity

China Maritime Silk Road to Touch India for Namesake

Chinese officials on Saturday fleshed out some details for the country's ambitious 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project in its “one belt, one road,” action plan.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1478 sec (7 req/sec)