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Monday, October 15, 2018

ACTION AGAINST FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT THE 1999 EUROPEAN PORT STATE CONTROL DIRECTIVE

During the quiet summer period in Brussels the European Commission has had plenty of time to catch up on several of the maritime cases against Member States for non-compliance. We understand it has issued a second and final warning (so-called "reasoned opinion") to Belgium, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the UK for their failure to inform the Commission of their national measures implementing the 1999 Port State Control directive. The 1999 Port State Control directive, members may recall, amended the 1995 directive implementing the Paris MOU and standardised port procedures on inspection and detention.

These "reasoned opinions" were issued on 18 July and could lead to sanctions being imposed by the European Court of Justice. In a recent case, Greece was fined up to 20,000 Euro a day for non-compliance with EU waste rules.

Useful link: 1995 Port State Control Directive (including amended versions)

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/lif/dat/1999/en_399L0097.html