On 17 January 2018 Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment on the public consultation on reporting formalities for ships (European Maritime Single Window environment).
The EEA EFTA States welcome the measures which aim to reduce the administrative burden and improve the efficiency for maritime transport, such as the establishment of a European Maritime Single Window environment.
They also emphasise the importance of national reporting requirements being included in the European Maritime Single Window in order to harmonise all information required for a port call.
The three EEA EFTA States conclude that “if the new framework is introduced through a decentralised infrastructure, i.e. based on a network of national single windows, the principle of reporting only once is ensured, which will reduce the administrative burden and improve the efficiency for maritime transport”.
Submitting comments on important policy issues is one of the ways in which the EEA EFTA States participate in shaping EU legislation. A typical EEA EFTA Comment provides a brief commentary and suggestions regarding Commission initiatives such as green papers or legislative proposals. The comments are endorsed by the Standing Committee of the EFTA States and officially noted by the EEA Joint Committee after they have been sent to the relevant services in the Commission, the European Parliament or the Council.
The EEA EFTA Comment on reporting formalities for ships is available here.
A full list of EEA EFTA Comments is available here.
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