Directive (EU) 2019/883 on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships

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Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 regulating the availability of port reception facilities and the delivery of waste to those facilities.

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This Directive aims to protect the marine environment by reducing discharges of waste from ships, and to improve efficiency of maritime operations in ports, by seeking to ensure that more waste is delivered on shore, in particular garbage, including waste from the fishing sector such as derelict fishing gear. It also aims to contribute to the Circular Economy, by improving the adequacy of waste reception facilities, in particular as regards their environmental operation.

The new Directive repeals the existing Directive 2000/59/EC on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues and amends Directive 2010/65/EU Directive 2010/65/EU on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States.

The proposal for the Directive was adopted on 16 January 2018 by the European Commission as part of a package which unveiled a Strategy for Plastics in the European Union. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on the draft law on 7 June, followed by the European Parliament' relevant committee on 9 October. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 13 December. This version of the draft law was formally endorsed by the Parliament's plenary session on 13 March 2019 and by the Council on 9 April. It was formally adopted by the European Union on 17 April 2019 upon signature of the Act.

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EPRS: Briefing, March 2018: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
ECSA: News, 21/12/2018: EU legislators reach solid agreement on the new Directive on Port Reception Facilities for the delivery of waste from ships
EPRS: Briefing, June 2019: Port reception facilities for ship waste: Collecting waste from ships in ports

GreenPort, 04/01/2019: EU bodies agree on port waste facilities

EUR-Lex: COM(2018)33: Proposal for a Directive on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)21: Impact assessment accompanying COM(2018)33
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)22: Executive summary of the impact assessment accompanying COM(2018)33
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure file for Proposal on Port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships
European Parliament: Legislative Train: Port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 07/06/2018: Council agrees its stance on port reception facilities

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