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News article17 January 2018Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport

Proposal for a new directive on port reception facilities aims to tackle sea-based sources of marine litter

Today the European Commission adopted the first-ever Europe wide strategy on plastics. The strategy is part of the transition towards a more circular economy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries. The new rules on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships will influence in particular the maritime sector. The new rules address sea-based sources of marine litter including plastic household waste from ships and derelict fishing gear with measures to ensure that this waste is not discharged at sea, but landed in ports to adequate waste reception facilities. Also included are measures to reduce the administrative burden on ports, ships and competent authorities by aligning better with the international legal framework.

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17 January 2018
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Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport