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Will the Blue Belt project rules come into force by the spring of 2014?

Date: 12/11/2012

The European Commission wants to finalise the legislative proposals emanating from the Blue Belt project, which aims at promoting the intra-European shortsea traffic, by the spring of 2013. It is the intention to have all rules come into force a year later, which would then create within the EU a ‘maritime space without barriers' with simplified customs procedures. 

The project itself was launched in the second half of 2010 during the Belgian EU-presidency.

Eventually 250 ships participated in the project. Ideally one wants to create a single e-document, comparable to the CMR used in road transport.

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