Position of the European Sea Ports Organisation on the European Maritime Single Window environment proposal

24 September 2018

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (COM 2018 278 Final), replacing the Reporting Formalities Directive (2010/65). In particular, ESPO welcomes the fact that the proposal rightly acknowledges the merits of the existing reporting systems, and thus the investments made, and wishes to build further upon them.

For European ports, the main focus should lay on the harmonisation of data definitions and data sets. In that respect the proposal should show more ambition. ESPO therefore believes that, if this aspect of the proposal is strengthened, this new proposal can be an important step towards further reducing the administrative burden and facilitating trade. 

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