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Public consultation on the evaluation of the European Maritime Safety Agency including its pollution response services

Public consultation on the evaluation of the European Maritime Safety Agency including its pollution response services

Public consultation on the evaluation of the European Maritime Safety Agency including its pollution response services
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Online questionnaire (also available in French and German)

Consultation period

This consultation will last for 14 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 2 November 2017 at the very latest.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. The consultation can be of particular interest to passengers travelling by sea, national maritime authorities, shipowners, port and terminal operators, seafarers and their organisations, trade unions, maritime related European associations, environmental non-governmental organisations, academia, third country Flag States, classification societies and other actors involved in maritime transport such as ships agents, pilots, VTS operators, etc.


In the aftermath of the "Erika" tanker accident and the resulting oil spill, the European Commission proposed to set up a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The Agency was established in 2002 by Regulation (EC) 1406/2002 and had its mandate extended over the years. Based in Lisbon, EMSA today provides technical, operational and scientific assistance to the European Commission and the Member States in the fields of maritime safety, maritime security, prevention of, and response, to pollution caused by ships as well as response to pollution caused by oil and gas installations.

Its assistance is particularly relevant in the continuous process of updating and developing new legislation, monitoring its implementation and evaluating the effectiveness of the measures in place. EMSA carries out regular visits to maritime administrations and inspects classification societies and as well as third countries' systems for training and certification of seafarers. The Agency also assists EU neighbouring countries to extend know-how and capabilities. Furthermore EMSA assists Member States affected by pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations with specialised ships and equipment and satellite images to detect pollution.

A key area under constant development and of increasing added value is EMSA maritime monitoring and information activities. The European Commission is promoting a greater use of EMSA assistance for developing technical solutions for simplified reporting formalities for shipping and interoperable IT solutions like the Single Window and the e-Manifest. The Integrated Maritime Services, building on ship reporting systems and other surveillance tools, are extending digital solutions to all end-users with a legitimate interest and EU bodies, serving priority political areas such as security and the migration situation.  A challenge for the future is to assist more national authorities involved in Coast Guard functions for enhanced cross-sector and cross-border concerted action in cooperation with other competent agencies.

More information on EMSA

Objectives of the consultation

This public consultation has been launched to collect views and opinions on the performance of EMSA and to gather factual information on what works well and where there is room for improvement.

The questionnaire is built in a way to allow the non-initiated audience to voice their views on the relevance, effectiveness, added-value and impact of EMSA activities in general. The results of the public consultation will feed into the Commission's analysis which will also be based on the external evaluation of EMSA mandate and work commissioned by the Administrative Board of the Agency.

A more detailed sub-section is dedicated to the specific pollution response services of the Agency which the Commission is evaluating separately given the dedicated multiannual budget allocated to EMSA.

Respondents are welcome to expand on their answers in the text boxes foreseen for this purpose. At the end of the questionnaire, it is also possible to upload supporting documents (e.g. position papers, statistics) to complement the contribution.

Structure of the questionnaire

The questionnaire consists of the following sections:

  • Section A: General information about the respondent
  • Section B: Specific questions related to the evaluation of the European Maritime Safety Agency and its pollution response actions
  • Section C: Attachments

Using the questionnaire

This questionnaire is available in English, French and German. However, respondents are free to provide answers to open questions (and all other written contributions) in any of the official languages of the European Union. All contributions will have the same value independently of the language of the answer.

You can skip questions that you do not feel relevant for you or comfortable responding to. 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.

This questionnaire takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

The system uses session "cookies" in order to ensure reliable communication between the client and the server. Therefore, your browser must be configured to accept "cookies". The cookies disappear once the session has been terminated.

The system uses local storage to save copies of your input to a survey, in order to have a backup if the server is not available during submission, or your computer is switched off accidentally, or any other cause. The local storage contains the IDs of the questions and the draft answers. Once you successfully submitted the survey to the server, or you have successfully saved a draft on the server, the data is removed from local storage. There is a checkbox above the survey "Save a backup on your local computer (disable if you are using a public/shared computer)" to disable the feature. In that case, no data will be stored on your computer.

See also: Help page for participants

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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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.