European Parliament News

12 Nov 2019

EU Invests in Border Security, Coast Guard

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The European Union Council officially adopted the Commission's proposal to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, an agency that will acquire its own equipment, such as vessels, planes and vehicles, a will have a standing corps of 10,000 border guards. The move was announced to respond to the challenges facing Europe in managing migration and its external borders.“Today the European Union has achieved an ambitious task of transforming the EU border agency, Frontex, into a fully-fledged European Border and Coast Guard.

01 Nov 2019

ECSA on Strategic Priorities for EU Shipping

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The European Community Shipowners’s Association (ECSA) has published its new strategic priorities for 2019-2024, in line with the new cycle of the EU institutions where the European Parliament has just started its mandate and the European Commission's College is being composed.Entitled "Sailing ahead - European shipping sets ambitious goals for its next chapter", the publication outlines ten priority areas which the European shipping industry will be focusing on."To be very clear…

29 Oct 2019

Shipping Directly Employs Over 640,000 at Sea

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Shipping directly employs over 640,000 workers at sea and on shore, and supports over 1.4 million workers through indirect and induced employment, said European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA).These professionals possess a wealth of maritime knowledge, skills and heritage unique in the world. If Europe is to retain its pre-eminence in global shipping, this know-how needs to be cherished and cultivated.The sector must therefore attract a sufficient number of quality new entrants and retain experienced seafarers…

13 Sep 2019

Ports Asks EU to Focus on Port Economy

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Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities asked new European Commission (EC) and Parliament to focus on the economic significance of ports.The energy transition and digitization are the two strategic challenges facing large industrial ports. The European Union can offer port authorities and industrial clusters important incentives to achieve the transition toward the CO2-neutral ports of the future.That is why Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities have taken the initiative to organize a joint event for European policy makers…

16 Aug 2019

Migrants on Ship Center of Political Fight

A charity rescue ship carrying 134 migrants, mostly Africans, was stranded off the coast of Italy on Friday as a political battle in Rome stopped it from docking and even the medical conditions of those on board were disputed.The migrants, picked up off Libya over the last two weeks, are waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, but far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered his officials not to let them do so.Salvini, who has built his popularity on a vigorous campaign against illegal immigration, is acting in defiance of his own prime minister and despite six European Union nations agreeing to take…

30 Jul 2019

ECSA Discusses on EU Shipping Issues

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The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) informed that its Board met in Brussels on 26 June, to discuss the issues the European shipping industry is currently working on.A broad discussion was held about how the industry will work with the incoming European Parliament and European Commission on the broad policy areas that the two EU institutions will likely be prioritising.The Board also had an in-depth exchange on the future of shipping, said a press notification.Currently…

23 May 2019

Ports Push for Smart Europe

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European ports have prepared a memorandum emphasising the role port managing bodies can play as facilitators of the port ecosystem in view of the European elections, which will lead to a new Commission, a new European Parliament and a new vision for Europe.The representative body of the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the member states of the European Union and of Norway, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has prepared a "ESPO memorandum"…

16 May 2019

20 May is the European Maritime Day

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The Maritime Day was established in 2008 by the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the European Union (EU) Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance.This year, the annual event is being held over two days, 16-17 May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event is "blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains".Representing EU and Norwegian Shipowners…

18 Apr 2019

Industry Hails EU Maritime Single Window

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The EU Social Partners in the maritime sector, European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), welcome the adoption by Members of the European Parliament of the proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment.The industry associantions said in a joint press release that they look forward to the soon expected formal adoption by the Council in order for the Regulation to enter into force and…

26 Mar 2019

ESPO Hails EU's Call for $38bln Transport Budget

Isabelle Ryckbost. Photo: The European Sea Ports Organisation

The European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) said it strongly supports the European Parliament’s call for an increased transport budget of EUR33.5 bn ($38bln).The budget proposed by the European Commission is insufficient to complete the TEN-T network and to invest in a safe, modern and sustainable transport network. Moreover, ESPO believes the proposed EUR10 bn transfer from the Cohesion Fund to Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II) should be safeguarded. ESPO…

21 Feb 2019

Grieg Star Recycles Ship Under New EU Regulation

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Norway's bulk and shipping company Grieg Star said that its cargo vessel Grieg Star, is the first vessel in the company to be sent for recycling, under the new EU recycling regulations.According to the Norwegian shipping company, the vessel began the recycling at Leyal Ship Recycling Group in Turkey, on February 20."We recycled our first vessel 18 years ago at a yard in China. Ever since, we have been committed to a sustainable recycling of our vessels. Since 2010, we have trusted on Grieg Green to secure sustainable recycling of our vessels. As such, Star Gran follows our standard practice.

12 Feb 2019

EU Adopts New Fisheries Partnership with Morocco

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has adopted a new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters.The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into account the conclusions reached by the EU Court of Justice on this matter.To this aim, the approved text stresses the results of the consultation process carried out by the European External Action Service and the Commission…

23 Nov 2018

EU Ports Hails EP's Budget Hike for Transport

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The European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Industry Committee jointly adopted the Marinescu- Telička- Virrkkunen report on the Connecting Europe Facility proposal (CEF) 2021-2027.The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the demand for an increased budget for transport. Members of the committees voted to raise the general envelope of the CEF transport budget by €7bn to €33.51bn (USD 7.94 bln to USD 38 bln) in constant prices.The significant…

11 Oct 2018

EU Guarantees Port Reception Facilities

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The Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted earlier this week the final report on the Port Reception Facilities and gave a mandate to the Rapporteur Ms Gesine Meissner to start negotiations with the Council and the EU Commission to finalise the text of the new directive.The European Community of Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) supports the polluter pays principle in return for the safe and environmentally sound management of the ship generated waste. Ships will be allowed to deliver all garbage when paying a fixed waste fee…

22 Oct 2018

European Shipowners Hail EU-Singapore Trade Pact

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The European Union and Singapore signed three agreements to take their political, trade, and investment relations to a new level as the landmark trade deal aims to remove import duties and taxes and improve market access for services providers, investors and firms.“European shipowners welcome the fact that the EU and Singapore show their commitment to free, fair and rules-based trade at a time that protectionism is on the rise”, said European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)’s Secretary General Martin Dorsman…

25 Oct 2018

EU Hails Maritime Single Window Environment

Deirdre Clune. Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism has recently published the draft report on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment.The rapporteur, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Deirdre Clune of European People's Party (EPP)-Ireland rightly focuses in her draft report on the harmonisation of data elements and data sets, advocates the cooperation between customs and maritime authorities at both national and Union level and recognises that…

31 Oct 2018

EU to Legislate on Maritime Working Conditions

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In the future, seafarers would be subject to the rules set out in the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions if it were up to the European Parliament.According to Danish Shipping, a trade and employer organisation for more than 90 shipowners and offshore companies, this means that additional financial and administrative burdens are to be expected for the maritime industry which is already heavily regulated and protected by international conventions.Since the…

09 Oct 2018

EU Readies 'Polluter Pays' for Ship Waste

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The Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted the Meissner report on the Port Reception Facilities and gave a mandate to the Rapporteur to start negotiations with the Council to finalise the text of the new law.The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes in particular the proposal to strengthen the ‘polluter pays’ principle by discouraging the delivery of unreasonable quantities of garbage, including dangerous waste, for a fixed fee.This proposal will better protect marine environment by increasing the quantities of waste delivered at ports.

21 Oct 2018

Danish Shipping Calls for Harmonization of DRF

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The European Parliament's draft report on the revision of the Directive on Reporting Formalities reaches out to shipping companies but does not succeed in addressing the serious administrative burdens on reporting requirements for ships.Danish Shipping believes that further harmonisation of data format and systems is required.The European Parliament's rapporteur in the Transport Committee, Irish Deirdre Clune, announced her draft report on the revision of the Directive on Reporting…

06 Nov 2018

Port of Rotterdam Strict on 'Polluter Pays' Principle

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The Port of Rotterdam has emphasized the reinforcement of the polluter pays principle in the run-up to trilogue negotiations on the Port Reception Facilities Directive.Last month, on October the 9th, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted the Meissner report on the Port Reception Facilities and gave a mandate to the Rapporteur to start negotiations with the Council to finalize the text of the new law.In the run-up to these negotiations, the Port of Rotterdam…

31 Oct 2018

Shipping Industry Welcomes EU Support to Green Fuel

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The shipping industry and the European Independent fuel suppliers welcome the European Parliament’s support to incentivize the uptake of low-carbon and carbon-free alternative fuels and to remove disparities in energy taxation.On 25 October the European Parliament adopted its report on The deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU which pointed out that taxation has a major impact on the price competitiveness of alternative fuels and underlined that a technology…

05 Dec 2018

Shippers Welcome European Maritime Single Window

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The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)  and the World Shipping Council (WSC) welcome the adoption of a General Approach on the proposal for a European Maritime Single Window environment by Transport Ministers.European co-legislators have been working intensively to reduce the administrative burden shipping faces. This burden stems from today’s unharmonised and inefficient reporting obligations and mechanisms within the EU."ECSA and WSC are pleased with the progress…

11 Feb 2019

EU Cuts Red Tape for Ships

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The last Trilogue negotiation between the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament on the “European Maritime Single Window environment”, (EMSWe) took place in Brussels.The EU is streamlining its ship reporting systems by creating a EMSWe, which will bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call.The final text contains a compromise that provides security for Port Community Systems in relation to the public National Single Windows that…

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