The European Commission has today adopted a proposal to coordinate safety rules for small passenger ships (length below 24 meters). It is the first time a common safety framework for all small passenger ships is presented at EU level.
Not covered by the 2015 Paris Agreement, international shipping is now joining efforts to tackle climate change. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a body of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), closed its 72nd session on 13 April 2018 with the adoption of an initial strategy to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping, setting clear emission reduction targets for the first time.
The City of Groningen has been announced as the host of the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in 2019. The news was announced by Maja Bakran Marchich, deputy Director General of DG MOVE, during the closing plenary of the 5th SUMP conference.
This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK encourages us to explore the many different options available for getting from A to B, and to think about the mode that best suits our particular journey. By embracing the concept of multimodality and introducing some sustainable transport methods into our journeys, not only can we have a positive impact on the environment, we may just find that we’re fitter and happier, with some extra spending money too!
The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe’s transport system.
Today’s package consists of:
- A new road safety policy framework and initiatives on vehicle and pedestrian safety, and on infrastructure safety management
- Communication on connected and automated policy
- Legislative initiatives on CO2 standards for trucks and Strategic Action Plan for Batteries
- Initiatives establishing a digital environment for information exchange in transport
- Initiative to streamline permitting procedures for projects on the core trans-European transport network (TEN-T).
Reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States are currently set out in Directive 2010/65/EU – the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD). The directive aims to simplify and harmonise administrative procedures in maritime transport by introducing a single window for reporting formalities for ships. The European Commission’s ex-post evaluation of the functioning of the directive showed that, eight years after its adoption, several serious problems are hampering its harmonised application throughout the EU.