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Single window: Negotiators agree to clamp down on additional national reporting requirements

Date: 25/10/2018

Attempts to create a single European window for ship reporting formalities are headed in the right direction, to judge by one of the latest negotiating documents.

EU Member States have agreed to harmonise both data sets required of ship operators and the "look and feel" of the national windows that are in theory supposed to talk to each other when the proposed legislation comes into force.

Negotiators have agreed that individual government cannot add reporting requirements to the harmonised list "unless this has been acceded to by the Commission through the formal procedure" and the "corresponding information has been incorporated in the harmonised reporting interface module". This follows industry concerns that, by allowing national authorities flexibility, there might be a danger of national windows straying from the harmonised, Europe-wide concept.

A previous attempt to legislate on a maritime single window failed.

Source: Maritime Watch


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