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Action 94: Propose a directive for the deployment of e-Maritime services

The Commission will propose in 2011 a Directive for the deployment of e-Maritime services.

What is the problem? European ports need to increase the efficiency and quality of their services

Maritime transport plays a key role for EU trade and prosperity but transport operators, EU ports and administrations in charge of various controls (safety, security customs, immigration, etc) are under pressure to increase the efficiency and quality of their services.

Why is EU action necessary? EU-wide online maritime services could boost trade

Using advanced information technologies for working and doing business in the maritime transport sector is a good solution to improve services and facing more and more socio-economic and environmental demands.

EU-wide online maritime services include:

  1. developing interoperable e-Maritime services
  2. deploying online maritime services and integrating them with other existing systems for paperless transactions
  3. demonstrating the potential benefits on maritime transport administrations, operators and business across Europe

What will the European Commission do?

In 2011:

  • Presentation of the Impact Assessment report to the e-Maritime Inter-Service Group.
  • A Communication and a Framework Directive on the EU e-Maritime is planned for the second quarter of 2011.
  • An EU eMaritime conference joint with IMOs eNavigation initiative will take place on 20 May 2011 in the framework of the European Maritime Day in Gdynia, Poland
  • The second eMaritime stakeholder conference will take place in October 2011.
  • eMar, an FP7 project will be launched in support of the EU eMaritime initiative

In 2012:

Pilot projects will demonstrate the EU Value Added for the:

  • establishment of common standards, rules for interoperability of new services and tools for compatibility with existing systems.
  • removal of structural constraints and the establishment of the necessary conditions for the development of interoperable information systems for maritime transport.

Contact:

juhani.jaaskelainen@ec.europa.eu