Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 27th June 2007
Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission takes Germany, Spain and Estonia to the Court of Justice
The European Commission has decided to act against Germany, Spain and Estonia for failure to respect EU legislation on better availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.
The Directive, adopted in 2000, 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.
In all three cases, the Commission’s action was prompted by the insufficient implementation of the obligation to develop, approve and implement waste reception and handling plans relating to all national ports, including fishing ports and marinas. These plans are essential in ensuring that port reception facilities meet the needs of the ships normally using the ports. They are also important for ensuring respect of other key principles of the Directive, in particular that fair, transparent and non-discriminatory fees are applied.
Member States should have established waste reception and handling plans for all their ports by 27 December 2002.
 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).