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EU Commission adopts reporting harmonisation proposal

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to promote increased harmonisation of ship reporting requirements when calling at ports within the EU, including the development of a common IT system for data exchange.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The proposal will now be considered by the European Parliament and by the Member States within the European Council.​​

Earlier this year, Denmark, on behalf of 13 EU Member States, sent the Commission a letter emphasising the need for an “ambitious approach” in this area, with the goal of reducing the administrative burden on shipping, kickstarting the development of this proposal.

The main elements of the Commission’s proposal include establishing a common IT interface which ships can choose to report through, regardless of which port they call at within the EU, and making sure that ships, as far as possible, only report the same information once. This would be facilitated by improving data sharing between Member States themselves.

The proposal also calls for a reduction in the number of specific national reporting requirements currently applying to shipping, through the harmonisation of processes across the EU.

Adopting these proposed improvements will require the introduction of a new EU regulation on the establishment of a European Maritime Single Window Environment, which would replace the existing directive on reporting formalities for ships in EU ports.

“In Denmark, we are working for a harmonised ship reporting platform in the EU which can reduce the administrative burden on the industry,” said Andreas Nordseth, director general of the Danish Maritime Authority.

“This is a clear priority in the Government’s Plan for Growth in the Danish Maritime Sector. Ideally, we would have one common European system, which is not fully the case with this proposal. Nevertheless, this still represents an important step towards achieving this vision.”{/mprestriction}

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