About this consultation

Consultation period
19 September 2018 - 21 December 2018
Energy, Employment and social affairs, Environment, Maritime affairs and fisheries

Consultation outcome

The Commission will publish individual contributions on this consultation page shortly after the consultation has ended. The evaluation report of the Offshore Safety Directive will include an overview and analysis of all input received from citizens and stakeholders during the different consultation activities.

Target group

The Commission will base its analysis on a broad set of information relevant to the offshore oil and gas operations in EU and is specifically interested in the views of citizens and stakeholders, private and public entities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are related to offshore oil and gas activities, or could be affected by such activities. For example, professionals in the oil and gas industry (either as companies or as individuals), research institutions and members of the academia, environmental NGOs, coastal communities and clusters, fisheries organizations, entities from the coastal and marine economy. 

Objective of the consultation

The Offshore Safety Directive (2013/30/EU) hereafter referred to also as "the Directive" or "the OSD", establishes minimum requirements for safety and environmental protection across the EU for offshore oil and gas operations. These measures are particularly important given the high risks incurred to workers and the environment, in case of an accident.

Taking note of its obligation to conduct an evaluation of the Directive (Article 40 OSD), the Commission will assess whether the Directive has achieved the objective as set out in Article 1, which is to establish “minimum requirements for preventing major accidents in offshore oil and gas operations and limiting the consequences of such accidents.” Through this evaluation, the Commission shall also take into account how Member States have implemented the Directive into national rules and legislation. As required, the Commission will submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council on its assessment and shall include any appropriate proposals for amending the Directive.           

The consultation will gather views on the implementation of the Directive, its effectiveness, relevance, coherence, EU added value and efficiency, as well as any needs for its further development and adjustment. Input received from the public consultation will become a main element for evaluating and assessing the experiences in relation to the Directive and its implementation.

How to submit your response

The questionnaire is available in the official languages of those EU countries which have or plan to have offshore oil and gas operations. These languages are Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

Due to the potentially large variation of expertise levels on offshore safety in the target groups, the Commission has structured the questionnaire in a way that facilitates the participation of both experts and non-experts. Part I of the questionnaire includes a general set of questions for participants with various levels and types of experience with the subject, whilst Part II and Part III include questions on certain parts of the Offshore Safety Directive and specific themes. Accordingly, questions in part II and III mainly concern contributors with experience in the field. Participants may submit their views by responding to those parts or sections, which they consider relevant and corresponding to their level of experience.  

Respondents can submit their contribution in any of the EU's official languages, in the following ways:

  • By replying to the online questionnaire
  • By email to the functional mailbox of this consultation at ENER-B4-OSD-CONSULTATIONS@ec.europa.eu
  • By post to European Commission, Directorate General for Energy, Unit B4 - Internal Market - Security of Supply, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.

All contributions that are received, including position papers and other documents, may be published on the internet. It is important that you read the privacy statement for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the questionnaire