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EU Commission extends Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

The European Commission has prolonged for another four years the ‘Consortia Block Exemption Regulation’. The regulation outlines the conditions under which liner shipping consortia can provide joint services without infringing EU antitrust rules.

EU closes borders to limit COVID-19 spread

In the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission made the decision to ban non-essential travel to its 27 member nations for the next 30 days in order to limit the spread of the disease.

Europe launches DataPorts project for digital ports of the future

The European Commission has launched DataPorts project, aimed to boost the transition of European seaports “from connected and digital to smart and cognitive”, in order to create an even more trusted, reliable and efficient way of conducting businesses in Europe.

European Council places climate action at the center

According to a recent statement, foreign ministers discussed climate diplomacy and restated the political centrality of climate action for the European Union. The Council adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy, constituting that climate will be one of the priorities in the EU’s external policy in 2020.

EU Commission approves prolongation of Cyprus’ tonnage tax scheme

Under EU state aid rules, the EU Commission approved the prolongation of Cyprus’ tonnage tax scheme, which applies to ship ownership, ship management and ship chartering activities for the next ten years. Cyprus was the first ever open registry to have a TTS approved by the EU.

EU Council agrees position on speeding grant permissions

On 2 December, the European Council accepted the proposal of easing the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), by running up the permit-granting processes. The agreed proposal further goals to clarify the procedures which project promoters need to follow, such as permit granting and public procurement.

EU Commission to propose shipping inclusion in ETS in March

On 12 December, the European Commission will present the European Green Deal as part of its plan to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050, announced the European Commission’s recently-elected President, Ursula von der Leyen, on the sidelines of COP 25 underway in Madrid. 

Atlantic strategy promoting a sustainable blue economy

The blue economy of the EU Atlantic area is one of the largest in Europe as it amounts to €65 billion gross value and employs more than 1.2 million people. The European Commission reports that the Atlantic stakeholders are reviewing how they can help decarbonize the economy, reduce marine pollution and further promote a sustainable blue economy, looking at the new decade approaching with a new Commission and new funding instruments.

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