TRAN adopts legislative proposal NAIADES II package
On 20 February, the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament adopted the two legislative proposals of the NAIADES II Package.
On the Community-fleet capacity policy, Members agreed that it would be important to keep the conditions for using the reserve funds as simple as possible. They favoured mechanisms for leveraging these funds with other sources, such as the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) or Horizon 2020. Rapporteur Corien Wortmann-Kool (EPP, Netherlands - photo) and some other MEPs expressed concerns about the extension of the Regulation’s scope given the rather limited level of funds available (€35 million). The report reinforces measures to improve working conditions, including health protection, as well as the adaptation of the waterway fleet to technical progress as regards the environment.
On the technical requirements for inland waterway vessels, MEPs were in favour of leaving the task of defining technical standards to issue navigation certificates to experts. The report requires the Commission to adopt technical standards for vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 31 December 2017. It also introduces periodic reporting on cooperation mechanisms with international organisations on the development of standards for inland navigation.
The vote in the European Parliament's plenary session is foreseen for April.