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This section has been established to assist European Members of IHMA with the amount of information and directives emanating from the EU Commission, although it is anticipated that all members may find it of interest.
The EU waterborne transport covers maritime transport and inland navigation. The European Union encourages growth in maritime transport through a number of actions such as the modernisation of infrastructures or the harmonisation of equipment and procedures. Improving maritime safety and protecting the marine environment are also priorities. Legislation summary EU waterborne transport

The following sections give a selection of those policies and pieces of legislation that are of direct interest to Harbour Masters.
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Blue Belt: a Single Transport Area for Shipping
Communication that sets out two key proposals to ease customs formalities for shipping by amending the existing Customs Code. It intents therewith to create a ’Blue Belt’; an area where ships can operate freely within the EU internal market with the minimum of administrative burden.
Source: European Commission   Date: 8 July 2013
Towards a European maritime transport space without barriers
Communication and action plan that proposes the creation of a maritime transport space without barriers in the European Union (EU) designed to harmonise and simplify administrative procedures in short sea shipping. This would improve the efficiency and competitiveness of intra-EU maritime transport and make the procedures for maritime transport as simple as those for other modes of transport.
Source: EC   Date: January 2009
Action plan for an integrated maritime policy, COM(2007) 575
In order to protect maritime resources, the European Commission plans to put in place an integrated, horizontal and cross-sector maritime policy, encompassing all aspects of our relationship with the seas and oceans. The management framework, the objectives and the instruments proposed by the Commission are developed in this Communication which is founded on the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies.
Source: EC   Date: 10 October 2007
Maritime Transport Strategy 2018
Commission Communication; Strategic goals and recommendations for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2018
In this Communication the Commission presents the main strategic objectives for the European maritime transport system up to 2018. The Strategy identifies key areas where action by the EU will strengthen the competitiveness of the sector while enhancing its environmental performance.

The Communication itself is divided into six chapters: (i.) shipping trends & business conditions, (ii.) human resources, (iii.) quality shipping, (iv.) international scene, (v.) short-sea shipping and (vi.) research and innovation.
Source: EC   Date: January 2009
Post Prestige
Communication from the Commission on improving safety at sea in response to the Prestige accident.
Source: EC   Date: 03.12.02
Erika II
Communication from the Commission on a second set of community measures on maritime safety following the sinking of the oil tanker Erika;
- establishing a Community monitoring, control and information system for maritime traffic
- establishing a fund for the compensation of oil pollution damage in European waters
- establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency
Source: EC   Date: 06.12.00
Erika I
Communication from the Commission to ammend
- directive 95/21/EC (Port State Control)
- directive 94/57/EC (ship inspection and survey organisations)
- phasing in of double hull tankers
Source: EC   Date: 21.03.00
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