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Inspections of ro-ro ferries and high-speed passenger craft [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (2nd edition),

ferry boat in Zadar

© annavaczi / Fotolia

The European Commission, in line with its regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT), has evaluated existing EU legislation on passenger ship safety and presented three proposals for directives, aimed at simplifying rules and cutting administrative costs, while at the same time making sea travel safer.

This proposal seeks to rationalise inspections conducted by national administrations while ensuring a high level of passenger ship safety and without unnecessarily limiting the ship’s commercial operations, making the inspections system for these ships simpler, more effective and cheaper. This would be achieved by changing focus from initial company-based inspections to ship-based ones and by ensuring that subsequent inspections occur at regular intervals.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a system of inspections for the safe operation of ro-ro ferry and high-speed passenger craft in regular service and amending Directive 2009/16/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on port State control and repealing Council Directive 1999/35/EC
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2016) 371 of 6.6.2016, 2016/0172(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Dominique Riquet (ALDE, France)
Shadow rapporteurs:

 

 

 

 

 

Cláudia Monteiro de Aquiar (EPP, Spain)

István Ujhelyi (S&D, Hungary)

Jacqueline Foster (ECR, UK)

Merja Kyllönen (EUL-NGL, Finland)

Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)

Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)

Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations

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