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IP/07/376

Brussels, 21st March 2007

Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Estonia

The European Commission sent today a reasoned opinion to Estonia for failure to respect EU legislation on better availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues. The rules on the necessary inspections designed to ensure respect of this legislation were inadequately transposed into Estonian law.

The Commission has decided to act against Estonia for failure to correctly transpose into national law a Directive[1] adopted in 2000. The Directive aims at reducing discharges of ship-generated waste and cargo residues into the sea from ships using ports in the Community. To this end, it provides for better availability and use of the facilities designed to receive and treat such waste and residues, thereby enhancing the protection of the maritime environment. The Commission's action was prompted by the insufficient transposition by Estonia of the Directive's provisions on ship inspections.[2]


[1] Directive 2000/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2000 on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues (OJ L 332, 28.12.2000, p. 81).

[2] The legal obligation to adequately enforce the national provisions transposing the Directive stems specifically from its Article 11: Member States must, among others, provide for a "sufficient number" of inspections to be carried out, apply certain rules in selecting the ships for inspection and ensure that they do not leave the port until waste is delivered in accordance with the Directive. They must moreover establish control procedures for fishing vessels and recreational craft.


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