|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 274, Pages 52-54|
|Content Type||Legislation, Policy-making|
Directive (EU) 2021/1233 - adopted by the European Union (EU) on 14 July 2021 - introducing amendments to Directive (EU) 2017/2397 as regards the transitional measures for the recognition of third countries certificates. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Directive (EU) 2017/2397 set up a harmonised system for the certification and recognition of the qualifications of crew members working on inland waterways in the European Union (EU). Article 38 of the Directive lays down transitional measures concerning documents issued before 18 January 2022. However, the Directive makes no provision for any transitional measures for documents issued by third countries and recognised by Member States unilaterally or in accordance with their international agreements.
This draft law aims to fill a gap in legislation by covering certificates of qualification, service record books and logbooks issues by third countries. The objective of this legislative initiative is to provide for an adequate period during which a Member States may continue to recognise the previously mentioned third country documents. It aims to ensure a smooth transition to the system of the recognition of third country documents provided for in Article 10 of the Directive. It also seeks to ensure legal certainty to relevant individuals and economic operators.
The proposal was tabled by the European Commission on 18 February 2021. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 3 June. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a negotiating position on 17 June. Informal contacts between the co-legislators noted that the proposed amendments were identical, constituting an informal agreement. This was endorsed by Member State representatives on behalf of the Council on 30 June. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 14 July 2021. It was published in the Official Journal on 30 July 2021.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs, Mobility and Transport|
|Subject Tags||Inland Waterways, Working Conditions|
|Keywords||Free Movement of Workers, Harmonisation | Standardisation, Maritime Safety, Professional Qualifications
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|