ECSA welcomes vote on Maritime Spatial Planning in Parliament

The European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) adopted on 05 November, with 32 votes in favour, 7 against, 0 abstentions, a draft report by rapporteur Gesine Meissner (ALDE, FDP, Germany) on a proposal for a directive for the establishment and implementation of maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management...

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 14:28

European Commission launches investigation into French tonnage tax scheme

The European Commission has opened a formal in-depth investigation to examine whether changes to the French tax rules for maritime companies are in line with EU state aid guidelines to maritime transport.The Commission intends to focus in particular on the inclusion of time chartered vessels under non-EU flags in the...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:46

European Parliament adopts proposal for new Ship Recycling Regulation

The European Parliament (EP) adopted today at its plenary sitting in Strasbourg a legislative resolution on a new Ship Recycling Regulation by a large majority of the votes. The adopted text is the result of a compromise agreement reached last June in Trilogue between the Council under the Irish Presidency...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 13:43

European Commission earmarks 1.6 billion Euros to support key TEN-T infrastructure projects

On Wednesday 16 October, the European Commission announced that 1.6 billion Euros of EU co-funding will be granted to trans-Euroepan transport network (TEN-T) projects. In total, 172 projects were selected by the Commission and funding will be made available for 83 projects from the 2012 Annual programme call (€247.20 million)...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 09:32

ICAO agrees on global-market based mechanism to tackle emissions

On 04 October, Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed, at its 38th Assembly in Montreal, to develop a global market-based measure (MBM) for international aviation. 

ICAO’s States agreed to report back in 2016 with a proposal for a global MBM scheme capable of being implemented by...

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 09:30

ECSA welcomes the continuation of State Aid Guidelines to Maritime Transport.


Commission Vice-President Joaquín Almunia, responsible for competition policy, recently decided to continue the 2004 Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime Transport without revision.

ECSA President Juan Riva welcomed Commissioner Almunia's decision: "ECSA commends the Commission for pursuing a professional review and consultation process, which clearly demonstrated that the guidelines...

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 09:25