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Main Developments
•Communications on:
–Logistics (including CEMSWB and
Motorways of the Sea)
–Maritime Policy
–NAIADES Project
–Port Policy
•Reorganisation of DG-TREN
•Customs Security - 100% scanning, 10+2
Logistics Policy
• Communication & Action Plan
• MofS
Communication & Action Plan
E-Freight & Intelligent Transport Systems
Sustainable Quality & Efficiency
Simplification of Transport Chains
European Multimodal Liability Regime
Vehicle Dimensions & Loading Weights
Green Transport Corridors for Freight
Urban Freight Transport Logistics
• Objective:
To allow intra-European maritime transport the
same freedom from administrative compliance as
road and rail
• The Issues:
– Resistance from certain national administrations
– Lack of harmonisation on documentary requirements
– Inability of the Commission to force change
Motorways of the Sea
• WHAT ARE THEY ???!!!
• Why is it a separate issue from short sea
shipping ?
• What will it achieve that SSS cannot ?
• Diversion of resources from SSS
Logistics Policy
Bottlenecks exercise running
‘Battle plan’ on actions will soon start; but Head
of Unit changed recently
MoS: Communication on state aid guidelines for
MoS end 2008.
Green Paper on the revision of TEN-T (priority
Preparatory works e-maritime, e-freight and
Logistics Policy
MARCO POLO-II improvement consultation
TEN-T Call MAP and AP (formerly MIP & non-MIP)
End of 2008 the Commission will publish a Green
Paper on the establishment of logistic corridors with
a specific emphasis on hinterland connections to
The related change of the TEN-T Guidelines is
foreseen for the next Commission as of 2010
The ESPO Conference of 2009 would deal with
the subject as well.
Maritime Policy
Wide ranging and ambitious project
ECASBA involvement since the beginning
Action Plan later this year (November ?)
No formal ECASBA position until Action
Plan priorities identified
Maritime Policy - 1
Maritime Transport Strategy Paper (Blue Vision on
the Maritime Sector)
Replaces Kinnock Paper
Will include Maritime Space Regulation
Publication November 2008 (delayed)
Consultant basic study (around Fairplay and LL Reg.)
Secretariat assistance of ECSA/FEPORT/ESPO
Group of Senior Experts
Maritime Policy - 2
Ambitions Maritime Strategy
Assist EU shipping sector, experiencing 3rd country
competition for maritime centres
Alleviate EU infrastructure faces congestion
Assist in meeting environmental and security challenges
with clear and fair environmental goals
Support short sea shipping, which continues to be
burdened by distortive administrative conditions
Alleviate regional legislative pressure and protectionism
Support Quality shipping adhered to in EU, but under
heavy competition from non compliant operators
Maritime Policy - 3
Challenges 2008-2018
Market growth in an environment of global competition
Avoiding regionalism and protectionism
Attracting sufficient maritime competence:
Know how rather than headcount
No manning restrictions
Control with educational institutions
Quality shipping, climate change – and pursuit of higher
global standards
Quality synonimous to environmental protection
In part through industry self-regulation
Focus on implementation and enforcement rather
than developing new regulations
Maritime Policy - 4
Challenges 2008-2018 – contd.
Ensuring uniform implementation and enforcement
Enhance ratification by maritime nations
Ensure more uniform enforcement of rules
No excessive criminalisation of seafarers
Technical assistance to developing countries
Cooperation at IMO
A smooth supply chain
Expansion of handling capacity
Development of inland connections
Better attunement to demand of pilotage, mooring and towage
Development of SSS: reduction of outdated and penalising
Maritime Policy - 5
Recommendations Strategy 2008-2018
Maintain EU State Aid Guidelines
Avoid flag or labour protectionist measures
Monitor consequences of non-uniform maritime competition rules
Develop more bilateral trade agreements with 3rd countries
Possible WTO agreement?
Rules should be developed in IMO and based on a proven need
Rules should be goal based and allow for technical competitive
EU MS should cooperate
Further develop E-shipping
Maritime Policy - 6
Recommendations Strategy 2008-2018 – contd.
Develop IMO rules that address climate change
Initiate a Quality Shipping Campaign
Apply and develop consistent and uniform enforcement of EU rules
EMSA may take an increasingly active role in PSC
Support consumer differentiation towards green transport
Avoid nationality requirements for seafarers
Develop information campaigns to attract youngsters
Develop attractive university programs and educational institutions
Develop training shemes for ratings to convert to officers
Maritime Policy - 7
Recommendations Strategy 2008-2018 – contd.
– Defend shipmasters and officers from detention and
potentially draconian fines and jail sentences
– Consider ILO maritime labour convention and rules on
seafarer’s identity documents
– Follow up EU port policy with an aim to clarify state aid and
environmental rules
– Maintain a secure and predictable investment climate,
preserving negotiation flexibility between port authorities
and service providers
– Prioritise investment in port and hinterland infrastructures
– Alleviate administrative burdens for SSS
– Avoid interfering with market developments (KPIs, cargo
Maritime Policy - 8
• Restructured DG Fish and Maritime Affairs:
– Horizontal Directorates: Policy Development and
Co-ordination, International Affairs and Markets,
– Regional Directorates: Atlantic, outermost regions
and Arctic; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Baltic
Sea, North Sea and landlocked countries.
– This structure is the implementing organisation for
the projected work of the Maritime Taskforce
Maritime Policy - 9
Actions Maritime policy
– Conclusion of Maritime Strategy
development by means of a short
– Issuing of Maritime Policy paper in
November (3rd week presumably) Communication
– This paper will include three components:
• Maritime Strategy
• Review of EMSA
• Common Maritime Space (Regulation)
• Little tangible progress
• Bias towards northern European countries,
nothing for Hungary or Romania
• Little action on fleet renewal or
infrastructure development
• Access to appropriate funding, Funding
Handbook issued
• “PLATINA” platform
Port Policy
• Acknowledgement of efficiency of
European port industry
• Use of soft law where possible/appropriate,
allowing industry to make major decisions
• Guidelines on State Aid – possibly !
• Apparent bias towards northern European
container ports
Port Policy/2
• Port Security – access cards
• MarNIS Project
Port Policy - overview
Communication on Port Policy 18 October 2007
The principles of this document rely on soft law,
dialogue and guidelines (see also next slide)
Council welcomed the Communication
Opinion of the Committee of the Regions adopted
Own Initiative Opinion of EP adopted
Own Initiative of EESC adopted
Port Policy – work plan
Emphasis in 2008
Environmental guidelines (delayed – Estuaries Group)
State aid guidelines (delayed)
Other areas of work
Transparency Directive
Social dialogue (FEPORT-ETF-IDC and partially ESPO)
Operational dialogue (FEPORT and Industry)
Key performance indicators (FEPORT and industry)
MARNIS ongoing (ECASBA and COMM)
reception facilities (ongoing) (ECASBA and
Shore-side electricity (downsized)
Port Policy – financing
State Aid Guidelines
Debate still ongoing on what should be considered state
aid in a port environment
Guidelines delayed, maybe December
Sector consultative conference postponed unscheduled
Industry is invited to provide assistance
Transparency Directive
An extension of the Directive to cover all ports
irrespective of their turnover will take time
2009 likely to have a proposal put forward taking into
account the new Commission and Parliament
Port Policy – concessions
DG Internal Market is considering a General Directive on
Units C2 and C3 involved; debate with MS on principle
Port Policy – charging
Internalisation of external costs
COMM has released a handbook on state of the art references on
the valuation of external costs
The maritime sector has reacted negative or prudent. A MIF note
has even been issued, although not signed by all (excl. ETF, EFIP
and FEPORT).
Revision of rules issued through the proposal on the revision of the
Eurovignet Directive
- COMM initial legislative doc: 7 July 2008
- EP draft report: 2 October 2008
- Council debate: 9 October 2008
- EP TRAN Committee 1st reading: 21 January 2009
- EP Plenary: 10 March 2009
Environment Policy
Commissioner Dimas presented EC environmental
priorities up to 2009
Loss of biodiversity should be halted
Better enforcement of Natura 2000 and
implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan (Midterm report expected)
Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change (end
of 2009)
Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package (in
IMO on SOx and Nox; otherwise EC legislation
Customs Policy
MCC adopted in second reading by Parliament on February
19th 2008
is not self-executive and dependent on
implementing measures
Adoption MCCIP expected 2009
AEO entered into force: MS have to wait 70 days for
prejudicial info from other MS; COMM started recognition
procedure with major trading partners; debate on benefits
ICS/ECS ongoing: objective mid 2009
Security Policy
SAGMAS is the platform between Commission and Industry
on security matters
Issues debated relate to the port access cards and the integration
of the Regulation transposing the ISPS and the Directive on Port
A debate on minimum security standards is ongoing as well
ESRIF established
ESRIF is a platform supported by the Commission on enhancing
security research with a view to framework funding.
First phase of study on access cards finished. A second
study is contemplated.
DG-TREN Reorganisation
• Jean Trestour to B4: inland waterways, MOS and Marco
Polo; subsequently retired & temporarily replaced by Mr.
Jonathan Scheele. Final replacement 2009.
• Dimitrios Theologitis from security to G2: maritime
transport, port policy and maritime security
• Wolfgang Elsner to Security of land transport and
dangerous goods
• Ben van Houtte to B3 logistics, innovation and comodality will be temporarily replaced by Mr. Roberto
100% Scanning
• Major global trade concerns well known
and shared by all
• ECASBA contribution to TAXUD paper to
US authorities
• Mutual recognition of AEO and WCO
standards or “10 + 2” – better alternatives ?
Thank you for listening. Any
questions ?