Directives for Labour

Directive 87/540/EEC

Council Directive 87/540/EEC of 9 November 1987 is regarding the access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway in national and international transport as well as the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications for this occupation.

Purpose
The market organisation of the transport sector is one of the necessary preconditions for the implementation of the common transport policy, defined in the Treaty. The adoption of measures designed to coordinate the conditions for access to the occupation of carrier is to encourage the achievement of freedom to provide services and the effective exercise of the right of establishment. 

This Directive introduces common rules governing access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway in national and international transport in order to improve the level of qualifications of carriers. Such improvement is likely to help towards putting the market on a sounder footing, eliminating structural excess capacities and improving the quality of the service provided, in the interests of users, carriers and the economy as a whole.

Scope
Access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway is governed by the Member States within the framework of the common rules (laid down in this Directive). It does not apply to natural persons or undertakings pursuing the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway using vessels with a deadweight capacity at maximum draft not exceeding 200 tonnes. However, Member States may lower this limit for all or some transport operations or certain categories of transport.