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Short sea shipping

The European Commission has an active policy to promote Short Sea Shipping. This form of transport mode is highly efficient in terms of environmental performance and energy efficiency. It has the potential to solve road congestion problems affecting many parts of the European continent. All the studies point out the necessity of encouraging short sea shipping to meet the goal of the European sustainable transport policy.

The Commission has a strong promotion policy, supporting coordination centres for short sea shipping in all coastal EU Member States.

The Commission's programme contains a set of 14 actions subdivided into measures, and mentions the actors responsible and the timetable (2003-2010) for each measure pdf - 29 KB [29 KB] .

The programme describes legislative, technical and operational initiatives which are aimed at developing Short Sea Shipping at EU, national, regional and industry levels.

In addition, the establishment of a "European maritime transport space without barriers" should help to boost short sea services in all maritime regions. This concept would ensure a reduction of the administrative formalities, in particular customs formalities that apply today to the intra-EU seaborne trades and that do not apply to similar road transport services.

Related documents

Legislation

Communication and action plan with a view to establishing a European maritime transport space without barriers [COM (2009)10]

Proposed Directive on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States of the Community and repealing Directive 2002/6/EC [COM (2009)11]

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social committee and the Committee of the Regions on Short Sea Shipping [COM(2004)453]

Regulation (EC) No 1692/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 establishing the second Marco Polo programme for the granting of Community financial assistance to improve the environmental performance of the freight transport system (Marco Polo II) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1382/2003

Report on the Motorways of the Sea - State of play and consultation [SEC(2007)1367]

Summaries of legislation

Programme for the Promotion of Short Sea Shipping

Public consultations

Results of the Internet consultation on the Motorways of the Sea [ October 2007]

Consultation on a European maritime transport space without barriers reinforcing the internal market for intra-European maritime transport [October 2007]

Results of the Internet consultation on a European maritime transport space without barriers reinforcing the internal market for intra-European maritime transport [October 2007]

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