Progress: Procedure completed
Lead committee dossier:
RoP 163, TFEU 100-p2
Legal Basis:RoP 163, TFEU 100-p2
The European Parliament adopted by 531 votes to 141, with 16 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/352, so as to enable managing bodies or competent authorities to provide flexibility in respect of the levying of port infrastructure charges in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.
It should be noted that a proposal to reject the Commission proposal, tabled by the Green/EFA group, was rejected in plenary.
Parliament adopted its position at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure. As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act.
The proposed Regulation aims at ensuring the financial stability of ship operators in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak by relaxing the current rule requiring Member States to ensure the payment of a port infrastructure charges.
In view of the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, the new transitional provision provides the managing bodies of a port or the competent authorities with the possibility to waive, suspend, reduce or defer the payment of port infrastructure charges due for the period from 1 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.
The waiver, suspension, reduction or deferral of the port infrastructure charge must be granted in a transparent, objective and non-discriminatory way to all port users subject to port infrastructure charges.
PURPOSE: to enable managing bodies or competent authorities to provide flexibility in respect of the levying of port infrastructure charges in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.
PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.
ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure on an equal footing with the Council.
BACKGROUND: the outbreak of COVID-19 is having a serious impact on maritime transport and on the financial sustainability of operators and is likely to continue to have an impact throughout 2020.
Regulation (EU) 2017/352
of the European Parliament and of the Council requires Member States to ensure that port infrastructure charges are levied by a managing body of a port or by a competent authority. There is no exception from this obligation to levy charges, not even in exceptional circumstances.
However, in view of the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is appropriate to allow Member States to provide the managing bodies of a port or the competent authorities with the possibility to waive, suspend, reduce or defer the payment of port infrastructure charges due for the period from 1 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.
CONTENT: the Commission therefore proposes to amend Regulation (EU) 2017/352 which establishes a framework for the provision of port services and common rules on the financial transparency of ports.
It is proposed that the new transitional provision shall provide Member States with the option to allow managing bodies of a port or competent authorities to decide whether to:
waive (condone, i.e. not require the payment at all); or suspend (freeze or put on hold the payment for a certain time period); or reduce (decrease the payment); or defer (require the payment at a later point in time) the payment of the port infrastructure charges.
As the duration of the impact on maritime transport of the outbreak of COVID-19 is uncertain and in order to allow for sufficient flexibility for the sector, the new transitional provision shall apply to port infrastructure charges due for the period between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020.
This new provision also stipulates that the managing body of a port or the competent authority shall ensure that port users and the representatives or associations of port users are informed accordingly. The time limit of two months referred to in Regulation (EU) 2017/352 shall not apply.
- Final act published in Official Journal: Regulation 2020/697
- Final act published in Official Journal: OJ L 165 27.05.2020, p. 0007
- Draft final act: 00015/2020/LEX
- Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T9-0128/2020
- Legislative proposal published: COM(2020)0177
- Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
- Draft final act: 00015/2020/LEX
Demande d'application de la procédure d'urgence: Redevances d’infrastructure portuaire - C9-0123/2020 - 2020/0067(COD)
Vote final: Redevances d’infrastructure portuaire - C9-0123/2020 - 2020/0067(COD)
(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)
OldAwaiting Council 1st reading position / budgetary conciliation convocation
OldPreparatory phase in Parliament
NewAwaiting Council 1st reading position / budgetary conciliation convocation
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