EU Council Approves New Port Transparency Rules

Image Courtesy: Port of Hamburg/Michael Lindner

The EU Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved on June 29 new rules to increase the financial transparency of ports and create fair conditions for access to port services across Europe, confirming the agreement reached with the European Parliament on June 27. 

The new rules set out to make ports more efficient and ensure fair competition in the sector, aiming at boosting the competitiveness of European ports both in promoting short sea shipping as an alternative to congested roads and vis-à-vis ports located in non-EU countries.

In addition, more competitive facilities and processes should reduce costs for transport users, according to the Council of the European Union.

The regulation will apply to over 300 seaports covering 96 percent of all freight and 93 percent of all passengers handled by EU ports. Member states are free to decide whether to apply the regulation to other ports as well.

Member states may decide to leave out ports in the comprehensive network located in the outermost regions, such as Réunion, Madeira and the Canary Islands. They may also decide not to apply the rules on the separation of accounts of small ports in the comprehensive network.

When it comes to the different categories of port services, cargo handling and passenger services will be subject to the financial transparency rules, but are exempted from the access provisions. Member states will remain free to decide how to organise these services.

Furthermore, member states and port management bodies will be able to impose certain minimum requirements for the provision of port services and restrict the number of service providers in a limited number of cases set out in the regulation.

The regulation must be formally approved by the European Parliament and then by the Council and this is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to the Council of the European Union.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Jun 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 1 2

DSM17

Donsö Shipping Meet 2017 is an all inclusive exhibition. Meals, electricity, meeting schedule and banquette dinner is included…

read more >

TOC Europe

TOC (The Terminal Operations Conference) has long been considered best in class by container terminal operators and their suppliers…

read more >

Marine Philippines 2017

The 4th edition of PHILIPPINES MARINE 2017, SHIPBUILD PHILIPPINES 2017 and OFFSHORE PHILIPPINES 2017 is the only specialized Shipbuilding…

read more >

Bunkering Week 2017

IBC’s biennial Bunkering Week is back with its successful series of 3 co-located events: 8th Bunkering in Asia, 4th LNG Bunkering and EMTECH: Ship Emissions Technology Conference.

With a proven track record of bringing together top decision makers from various industry sectors, this remains the go to event for ship owners, fuel suppliers, traders and technology solution providers. Get in-depth and detailed market insights from experts who are taking the decisions, assess peer strategies and give shape to your own in this unrivalled gathering of shipping and marine fuel industry leaders.

Key Highlights for 2017:

* 3 Co-located Conferences

* 12+ Hours of Networking Time

* In-depth Review of Shipping Markets by Segment

* Ship Owner Positions on Emissions Compliance Scenarios

* Pricing Differentials and Availability across Different Fuels

* Technology and Analytics in Fuel Management and Emissions MRV

More info

read more >