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Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation [EU Legislation In Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (4th edition),

Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation

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While inland navigation is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport, it is not used to its full capacity. Apart from the need for significant infrastructure improvements, the sector is affected by limited labour mobility and shortage of qualified workers.

To enhance labour mobility, the European Commission proposed to establish a common system of qualifications for workers on EU inland waterways, based on their competence. While the EU legislation currently applies only to boatmasters, the proposal introduces harmonised rules for all deck crew members. Moreover, it extends the scope of legislation to the previously excluded River Rhine.

Ultimately, the proposal should facilitate entry to professions in inland navigation, improve career prospects and make jobs in the sector more attractive.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation and repealing Council Directive 96/50/EC and Council Directive 91/672/EEC
Committee responsible:

Rapporteur:

Shaddow rapporteurs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

Gesine Meissner (ALDE, Germany)

Renaud Muselier (EPP, France),

Claudia Tapardel (S&D, Romania),

Peter Van Dalen (ECR, The Netherlands),

Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland),

Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK),

Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy),

Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)

COM(2016) 82 of 18.2.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0050(COD)

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

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

Stage: vote in plenary

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