European Maritime Transport Space without Barriers (Communication, Directive)

The concept of a “European maritime transport space without barriers“ aims to eliminate or simplify administrative procedures in intra-EU maritime transport. Thus it is to be made “more attractive, more efficient and more competitive“ and more environmentally friendly.


The establishment of a European maritime transport space is to be welcomed. Both relieving short sea shipping inside the EU from reporting formalities and introducing electronic transmission of internationally common standardised forms improve efficiency and reduce the costs of trading by sea.