Written by Marketa Pape (4th edition),

ferry boat in Zadar
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The European Commission 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.

After interinstitutional negotiations concluded on 14 July 2017, the European Parliament adopted the agreed text on 4 October 2017 and the Council on 23 October 2017. The final act entered into force on 20 December 2017 and the new provisions will apply from 21 December 2019.

See also briefings on the related proposals, on safety rules and passenger registration.

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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)

Procedure completed. Directive (EU) 2017/2110
OJ L 315, 30.11.2017, pp. 61-77.

Stage: procedure completed