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Mobility and Transport

Internal market

Nearly 40% of the freight exchanges between the EU Member States are conducted by sea. Every year, 400 millions passengers embark and disembark in European ports. The internal market for the provision of maritime transport services is of

Nearly 40% of the freight exchanges between the EU Member States are conducted by sea. Every year, 400 millions passengers embark and disembark in European ports. The internal market for the provision of maritime transport services is of key importance for the performance of the European economy as a whole and for the quality of life and prosperity of maritime regions. Islands and peripheral regions are particularly dependant of maritime transport.

 

Public Service Obligations

Overview of the State aid rules and Public Service rules applicable to the maritime sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

Summaries of legislation

Freedom to supply services, unfair pricing practices and free access to ocean trade

Freedom to provide services within the Member States (ocean trade)

Reporting formalities for ships at points of Community entry and exits

Statistical returns on the carriage of goods and passengers by sea

Registration of persons on board passenger ships

Transfer of cargo and passenger ships between registers within the Community

Internal market - Free access to ocean trade

The free provision of services (regulation 4055/86) in the maritime transport sector ensures that users of those services, i.e. logistic operators...

Internal market - Services (cabotage)

The EU " cabotage " rules (regulation 3577/92) ensure that maritime transport services within a Member State, i.e. purely national connections, can be...