Ahead of the European Parliament’s hearings of the commissioners-designate, a coalition of more than 40 European associations and organisations reiterated their call for a strong transport budget. The budget will be decided by the upcoming negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework.
ESPO submitted its proposals regarding the European Commission’s review of the TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013 which kick started before summer. ESPO believes the new TEN-T guidelines should be adapted to recognise the role many seaports are playing in the field of energy and digitalization over their classical role.
ESPO has not taken a stance on whether the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation should expire or be prolonged, but stressed the need for more monitoring of the current situation, in particular as regards the impact on the market power balance and the benefits for the consumer.
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.
Despite welcoming the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (COM2018 278 final), ESPO noted that it wants more ambition on the harmonisation of data definitions and data sets, while maintaining the existing reporting systems.
Voting the Ertug report, the Transport committee of the European Parliament pointed out that taxation has a major impact on the price competitiveness of alternative fuels and underlined that disparities in energy taxation for shore-side supply for ships should be addressed.
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.
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