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Council of the EU makes progress on maritime single window

The Council of the European Union has reached agreement on a proposal to bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call across all Member State’s different ports, under a system called a European maritime single window.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“A single reporting window for ships will significantly reduce the administrative burden on maritime transport,” said Norbert Hofer, Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria, and President of the Council.

“We are creating conditions for increased application of the ‘once-only’ principle, so that ships would only need to report once per port call and the same information would be reused for subsequent port calls within the EU.”

The introduction of a European maritime single window environment will aim to address the issue of numerous, non-harmonised reporting obligations by linking the existing national maritime single windows together in a coordinated and harmonised way.

This reform would lead to improved interoperability between the various systems currently employed, making it easier to share and reuse data.

The Council notes that the general approach that has now been approved reflects its position for further negotiations with the European Parliament. Both institutions must agree on the final text before any measures can proceed further.{/mprestriction}

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