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Revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive (2000/59/EC)

Revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive (2000/59/EC)

Revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive (2000/59/EC)
Consultation period: 
13/07/2016
16/10/2016

Public consultation on the Revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive (2000/59/EC)

Consultation period: 13/07/2016 - 16/10/2016

Results

Summary report

Support study for an Impact Assessment for the Revision of Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities (June 2017)

Consultation period

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 16 October 2016 at the very latest.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

The consultation can particularly be of interest for ports and port operators, ship-owners/operators, environmental groups with a particular interest in the issues of marine litter, citizens living in coastal areas and those being involved in the fishing sector. It can also be of particular interest for regional and national public authorities, and other organisations directly involved in the maritime sector.

Structure of the questionnaire

The questionnaire consists of the following sections:

  • Part I: General information about the respondent
  • Part II: The current functioning of the EU system of port reception facilities
  • Part III: The role of the EU
  • Part IV: Policy measures for a possible revision of the PRF Directive

You can skip questions that you do not feel comfortable responding to. However, replies to questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory. You can also pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you will be able to download a copy of your completed questionnaire.

Using the questionnaire

Contributions may be submitted in any EU language.

You can skip questions that you do not feel comfortable responding to. However, replies to questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory. You can also pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you will be able to download a copy of your completed questionnaire.

Context and objective of the consultation

This consultation aims at collecting your views on a possible revision of Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues (“the PRF Directive”). The main objective of the PRF Directive is "to reduce the discharges of ship generated waste and cargo residues into the sea, especially illegal discharges, from ships using ports in the EU, by improving the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship generated waste and cargo residues”.

The Directive is based on the requirements contained in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). MARPOL requires the Contracting Parties (i.e. Contracting Parties to the MARPOL Convention: 152 states, representing 99.2% of the world's tonnage.) to provide for port reception facilities for waste from ships that is not allowed to be discharged into the sea. Those facilities must be adequate to meet the needs of ships using the port, without causing undue delay. The Directive is also the main EU policy instrument for tackling sea-based sources of marine litter and this is why the Commission intends to "… address the issue of marine litter from ships and examine options to increase its delivery to and adequate treatment by port reception facilities..." in the context of the revision of the Directive (see: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy )

Whereas the Directive has had positive effects since its entry into force, as identified in the recently conducted REFIT Evaluation , the Commission has identified a range of potential shortcomings in the implementation of the Directive, confirming that the current system is not optimal and that a revision might be the preferred option to address these shortcomings (As summarised in Commission Evaluation Report to EP and Council, COM(2016) 168 final ). 

This part of the consultation is designed to allow the general public to express their opinion on: 

  • the appropriateness of the current EU legal framework.
  • the problems identified and
  • the preliminary options for policy answers to these problems, as identified by the Commission in the preparatory work for a revision of the Directive.

Respondents are invited to consult, before answering the consultation, in particular the inception impact assessment , as well as the Commission Evaluation Report (COM(2016)168 final) .

The questionnaire below is addressed to all stakeholders, including the general public and the non-specialist stakeholders' community, and will be complemented by more targeted consultations. Stakeholders with specialist knowledge or direct professional links to the topic are also invited to forward their specific positions in writing to the functional mailbox MOVE-D2-CONSULTATION-PRF@ec.europa.eu. All such contributions will be analysed, reported on and taken into account in the impact assessment process.

Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

Explanations about the protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Important notice

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Disclaimer

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.