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Registration of persons on board passenger ships [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (3rd edition),

passengers boarding ferry

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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 safe.

This proposal seeks to amend the requirements set by Directive 98/41/EC for counting and registering passengers and crew on board passenger ships, and to remove any overlap in reporting obligations or disproportionate requirements. The main change introduced is the digitalisation of reporting obligations to ensure that search and rescue services have immediate access to information on passengers on board.

See also briefings on the related proposals, on safety rules and vessel inspections.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 98/41/EC on the registration of persons sailing on board passenger ships operating to or from ports of the Member States of the Community and amending Directive 2010/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:







Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain)

Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar
(EPP, Portugal)

István Ujhelyi (S&D, Hungary)

Ruža Tomašić (ECR, Croatia)

Merja Kyllönen (EUL-NGL, Finland)

Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)

Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)

COM(2016) 370 of 6.6.2016, 2016/0171(COD)

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

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

Stage: Plenary



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