EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2018

EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2018 COM(2009)

INVITES the Commission to further develop on the basis of consultation with all relevant stakeholders, appropriate measures in the strategic areas, in particular on: 
a) maintaining and, if appropriate, improving a clear and globally competitive EU framework for state aid, tonnage and income taxation;

b) monitoring market conditions and promoting fair and effective competition for maritime transport world wide;

c) developing positive measures in order to enhance the image of shipping and awareness of the various maritime professions in the maritime transport sector to promote education, training and employment of European seafarers and mixed careers both at sea and in land based occupations in order to provide the necessary human resources for the whole European maritime cluster; improving working conditions and social protection and implementing relevant international law, such as the ILO Maritime Labour Convention; 

d) working together with Member States and other nations to initiate and promote continuous improvement of safety, security, environmental performance and working conditions through international instruments agreed by IMO and ILO, ensuring effective implementation of internationally agreed rules by all flag, port and coastal States in the world; 

e) creating favourable conditions for making use of the full potential of short-sea shipping and sea transport services for citizens and business in Europe, overseeing in particular the smooth development and implementation of any existing or new international instruments in the field of protection of the environment, avoiding distortions in the ogistics chain, as well as other consequences, including those which could result in modal back-shift from short-sea shipping to road; 

f) working together with Member States in order for the European Union to actively contribute to the IMO efforts to maintain and further develop a comprehensive international framework for shipping; 

g) in view of the upcoming challenges, enhancing the work of the European Maritime Safety Agency for providing technical and scientific assistance to Member States and the Commission; 

h) removing unnecessary administrative barriers, enabling the deployment of e-services, ensuring the further development of Motorways of the Sea and further supporting the maritime links and the port connections with the hinterland in the context of the TEN-T programme and the Marco Polo programme; 

i) supporting maritime R&D, in particular the Waterborne platform and improving energy efficiency and environmental performance, capitalizing RTD efforts and fostering the use of advanced information and communication technologies for the benefit of the European maritime transport system and of the European maritime industry; 

j) enhancing the competitiveness of the EU maritime cluster in the fields of manufacturing and provision of services, including its relation to the shipbuilding sector, by promoting advanced technology solutions with the aim of ensuring both high employment levels and high standard environmental goals; 

k) exploiting in full AIS, LRIT and satellite based systems (GMES), in the broader context of the upcoming e-maritime services, to the advantage of the European maritime transport policy objectives;