Newsletter | Shipping and Transport Bulletin | July – November 2021
In this issue:
We are once again returning to the taxation of Italian ports. The counter-appeal filed by the European Commission in response to the appeal of Italian Port System Authorities has certainly not gone unnoticed. Let’s analyze the main maxims of this counter-appeal of the European Commission.
Regulation (EU) 2017/352 and technical nautical services. We had already pointed out that Italy had not yet defined an effective procedure for handling the complaints arising from the application of Regulation (EU) 2017/352, nor determined the authority responsible, in practice, to handle them. This topic is back on the agenda today because Italy has “woken up”, but with a decision that raises some questions.
Over two years have now passed since the enforcement of Directive (EU) 2019/833 “on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships, amending Directive 2010/65/EU and repealing Directive 2000/59/EC”. The deadline to comply with the Directive (EU) 2019/833 was 28 June 2021, but Italy is still in the process of transposing it. Let’s try to identify what are – in our opinion – the most important aspects that the Italian legislator should take into account when transposing the Directive (EU) 2019/833.
More than 13 years have passed since the Consolidated Act on Health and Safety at Work (Italian Legislative Decree No. 81 of 9 April 2008) came into force. Nonetheless, operators in the maritime and port sector are still waiting for the decrees that were supposed to harmonize and coordinate the Consolidated Act with the lex specialis applicable to working activities carried out, respectively, on board ships, in ports and on fishing vessels. Let’s analyze this issue.
One of the sectors most hit by the crisis triggered by the global pandemic associated with the Covid-19 spread has been, and still is, the air transport sector. Therefore, particularly relevant is the initiative of the European Commission, approved by the European Parliament and adopted also by the Council, to introduce a derogation, until 24 October 2020, from the so-called “historical precedence” requirements concerning slots, which oblige airlines, in accordance with the “use it or lose it” principle, to operate at least 80% of their slots to be able to fully reuse them in the next equivalent scheduling period.
We want to thank our colleagues at Nctm Brussels’s office for their contributions highlighting the most significant actions taken by EU institutions in the international shipping and trade sector.
You will also find the usual update on our firm’s activities over the past two months.