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Pilotage Exemption Certificates in the European Union

Consultation period: 14/02/2013 - 21/05/2013

Online questionnaire

Consultation period

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 21 May 2013 at the very latest.

Objectives of the consultation 

This consultation aims at collecting your views on Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PECs) in order to assess the need for possible European Union (EU) actions that could help to improve the use of PECs in the EU. We kindly ask you to evaluate the presented problems, objectives and measures, and propose modifications or even other measures.

How to submit your contribution

In the consultation you are asked to express your opinion on the relevant challenges identified by the Commission's services. Any additional contributions, e.g. position papers, should be sent to the email address before the closing date of the online consultation.

Please also note that the online idle time is 90 minutes. If you leave the opened form untouched for more than 90 minutes, your session will time out and your replies will be lost.

Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red colour under the question in which a problem occurred.

Note that you should not use the ‘Back’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to navigate the online questionnaire, because this will lead to a loss of all the data that you have already inserted. For navigation, you should use the buttons ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ at the bottom of the questionnaire page instead.

When you will successfully have submitted the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you will be able to print your answers. Please record your registration number.

Following the public consultation, a report will be made publicly available on the Commission's website.

Important notice

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate the work and allow easy access to all submission, we would appreciate it if contributions could be submitted in the English language or, in the absence thereof, at least a summary in the English language.

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Related documents

Consultation documents

Online questionnaire

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Transparency Register

Personal Data Protection