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EU Council Adopts Port Reform

January 23, 2017

Photo: ESPO

Photo: ESPO

 On 23 January, the Council of Ministers adopted the Port Regulation, which concludes the procedure at first reading. The European Parliament voted on 14 December 2016. 

 
The legal act will be signed by both institutions in mid-February and published in the EU Official Journal a few weeks later. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication. The principles set out in the Regulation will apply 2 years after the entry into force. 
 
This means that by March 2019 these rules will have to be applied in all TEN-T ports of the European Union. 
 
The regulation will make it easier for new providers of certain port services to enter the market. It will create a more level playing field and reduce legal uncertainties for ports, port service providers and investors. This should encourage investment in ports, improve the quality of services provided to port users, and even help reduce prices.
 
The new rules will ensure transparency of port charges and public funding of ports. This will lead to better use of public funds and the effective and fair application of EU competition rules in ports. At the same time the new rules are designed to take into account the diversity of the sector across Europe.
 
Hon. Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, said: "Iwelcome these reforms. The port sector is vital to the success of Europe's economy, and it stands to benefit from the increased transparency and clarity which these new rules bring."
 
This final vote by the Council concludes the procedure at first reading. The European Parliament voted on 14 December 2016. The legal act will be signed by both institutions in mid-February and published in the EU Official Journal a few weeks later. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication.
 
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