Port Reception Facilities directive: a review could clarify certain provisions, but should not change the basic principles

25 May 2016

Today, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has presented its position paper on the revision of the port reception facilities (PRF) directive at a dedicated meeting under the umbrella of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF). 

In a nutshell, the main ESPO messages are:

  • The spirit and objectives of the directive are still valid but better definitions, clarifications and guidance are needed.
  • The discussion over the “adequacy” of existing port reception facilities needs to be concrete and evidence based. Most challenges lie upstream in the waste treatment chain and the ports are part of the solution and not of the problem. 
  • Properly consulted and clearly communicated waste reception and handling plans are key
  • Imposing one single fee system over Europe is not an option but ESPO supports the clarification of the principles guiding the implementation of the fee systems.
  • ESPO pleads for strengthening the implementation of the information and monitoring system
  • ESPO supports the inclusion of new types of waste in the scope of the directive but not necessarily in all of its provisions.

The European port authorities support the objectives of the PRF directive and welcome the revision process as an opportunity for further improvement of some of its provisions and their application, but should not lead to a major review.” said ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost. 

ESPO is keen to continue contributing towards this direction both through the work of the dedicated ESSF subgroup, the EC Impact Assessment and through the legislative process to follow”, added Antonis Michail, Senior Advisor at ESPO and Vice-Chair of the ESSF working group on the PRF.

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