COVID-19: Amendment of the Port Services Regulation

26 May 2020

The European Commission proposed an amendment to the Port Services Regulation(EU) 2017/352 in order to provide flexibility on the reduction, deferral, waiver or suspension of port infrastructure charges as a response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Both in the European Parliament and in the Council the proposal faced widespread opposition and was considered of limited added-value by many delegations and Members of Parliament, as the Regulation already grants port managing bodies the necessary autonomy.

With their agreement, the Council and the Parliament significantly improved the Commission’s proposal by granting the port managing bodies (in respect of national law) the competence to choose which measures to take. In addition, measures can be decided on a case-by-case basis. The temporary amendment can be applied for all measures taken as from 1 March 2020 until 31 October 2020.

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