European Union and IMO gear up for debate on CO2 emissions of shipping

In the coming months, the European Parliament is set to have a debate on the Commission’s proposal on establishing an EU system for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) CO2 emissions from large ships calling at EU ports.

The proposal was published in June and requires owners of large ships (above...

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:50

TEN-T/Connecting Europe: MEPs give the green light

Today, during the European Parliament’s Plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs endorsed a deal with Member States on the EU's new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a new funding instrument that aims to speed up the completion of key trans-European transport, energy and telecoms links.

The CEF will have a total budget...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 14:54

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