ESPO welcomed the development towards better enforcement and less administrative burden under the new Port Reception Facilities Directive, as agreed between the Parliament and the Council on 12 December. However, it regrets that the polluter will not fully pay the cost.
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. ESPO welcomed particularly the proposal to strengthen the ‘polluter pays’ principle.
ESPO welcomes the proposals by the European Parliament on the review of the Waste Reception Facilities Directive. The proposals are aiming to better protect the marine environment and decrease the administrative burden for stakeholders. The Draft Report will be discussed on July 10.
In its position paper, ESPO welcomes the Commission proposal to build on the substantial progress achieved under the existing Directive. The existing Directive decreased significantly waste discharges at sea. The minimum fixed fee, which has to be paid by all ships calling at EU ports, has delivered.
During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO, focused on the position of European ports on the revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive, recently published by the European Commission.
European ports believe that any proposals leading to better enforcement of the obligation for ships to deliver waste at shore are welcome. The compliance of specific elements of the Directive with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships gains ESPO’s support.
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