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Shipowners: EU bureaucracy still a problem

Several initiatives have been launched to reduce bureaucracy for the shipping companies in the EU, but they have not been very efficient, says the European Community Shipowners' Association.

Generalsekretær Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA

There have since 2009 been agreement in the EU that the bureaucracy of the shipping companies' contact with the EU should be eased. This has been done by making a part of the paperwork between the carriers and the EU electronic, but a new report from the EU shows that the work has not gone very well.

The thing is, the EU member states have been tasked with moving their communication to an electronic platform, while the EU Commission at the same time has had to ensure the uniformity of the national electronic systems. And the extent of the work on this process is far from sufficient, concludes the report.

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