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European maritime single window: Harmonised digital reporting for ships [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (3rd edition, updated on 26.8.2019),

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Every time a ship calls at a port, its maritime transport operator has to submit a set of pre-arrival information to a range of entities and agencies. Currently, the reporting process is not harmonised across EU ports. In addition, the information provided by ships is not efficiently shared among the actors concerned. The resulting multiple reporting places an excessive administrative burden on shipping operators, with negative impacts rippling down the logistics chain.

Within broader efforts to modernise EU transport, the European Commission is proposing to bring all the reporting linked to a port call together into one digital space – the ‘European Maritime Single Window’, to harmonise reporting procedures for shipping operators and to ensure data can be shared and reused efficiently.

Interinstitutional negotiations concluded on 7 February, the agreed text was adopted by the Parliament in plenary on 18 April and by Council on 13 June 2019. After publication in the Official Journal, the new regulation entered into force on 14 August 2019, while the measures within it will apply from 15 August 2025.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment and repealing Directive 2010/65/EU
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2018) 278 17.5.2018
Rapporteur: Deirdre Clune (EPP, Ireland) 2018/0139(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Knut Fleckenstein (S&D, Germany)
Jacqueline Foster (ECR, United Kingdom)
Gesine Meissner (ALDE, Germany)
Marie-Pierre Vieu (GUE/NGL, France)
Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2019/1239
OJ L 198, 25.7.2019, pp. 64-87
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