3th Consultation Panel meeting 21 January 2015

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During the 3th AnNa Consultation Panel meeting representatives of industry identified the need for transparancy on the reporting formalities situation in the EU Member States on 1 June 2015. 

During the meeting in Brussels - Eu Motorways of the Sea / AnNa House -  representatives of CESMA, CLECAT, ECSA, EHMC,  FEPORT,  IPSCA, and WCS with the AnNa project coordination team. The  progress of the AnNa project was discussed and various 2010/65/EU issues were addressed. The AnNa project presented its progress with an  AnNa presentation

The major issues discussed were:

1. The implementation of Directive 2010/65/EU should contribute substantially to the goal of the Directive: simplification for industry.

2. In its assistance to the EU Member States, especially the AnNa partners, the AnNa Action focusses rather on pilot projects (including requirements) and future perspectives than on pure implementation. The AnNa project runs till 31 December 2015.

3.More harmonisation on national requirements (Part C) is aimed at - although not necessary on 1 June 2015. The AnNa project will put an effort in making some proposals based on knowledge gathered on national legal provision.  

4. Simplification for industry implies a concerted action of the different public services on an EU and national level. It is obvious that consensus between all government parties on an EU and a national level is very difficult to achieve. Nevertheless, one should continue to put in an effort to achieve this. This governance issue is of the utmost importance to make a Single Window work.

5. It was identified that more involvement of DG TAXUD – and national Customs authorities - is essential in developing national Single Window solutions in relation to Directive 2010/65/EU. On an EU level, according to several industry representatives, this has not yet materialised as efforts are geared towards the Union Customs Code (UCC). More effort should be considered to get DG TAXUD positively involved on a senior level. Preferably, Directive 2010/65/EU should be considered as the first steps towards simplification and increased competitiveness for EU business in the maritime single window domain.  Without DG TAXUD and Customs involvement, success in meeting the objectives of Directive 2010/65/EU is doomed to fail. This can also be said for other services, such as immigration, health, and police.

6. It is not clear what the MSW situation in the different Member States will be on 1 June 2015. For industry it is essential to know this in as much detail as possible. In the eMS, an effort is ongoing to develop transparency on this. The AnNa project also tries to develop more insights relating the 14 EU Member States participating in the project (within the limitations mentioned in 2).

7.The AnNa project shall inform the members of the Consultation Panel on the AnNa national MSW contact points.

8. Most industry representatives stress the need to keep the current (existing) reporting mechanisms in the EU Member States open after 1 June 2015. They fear a rather chaotic situation for business after 1 June 2015.

9. To achieve simplification, harmonisation on an EU scale is essential. Based on the need for harmonisation, the AnNa project has identified the technical (global) features (based on functional requirements) that need to be covered in the national MSW solutions (AnNA also developed several products to assist the EU Member States). These are:

  • M2M
  • GUI
  • Data Model
  • Forwarding / Broker System
  • MIG / B2MSW
  • EML
  • EDIFACT

10. The MIG is being perceived by many stakeholders as essential and very important to be developed in coordination with industry. 13 of the 14 AnNa partner countries adhere to the principles of the MIG and are in various stages of development. The adaptation from proposed MIG to full implementation takes quite some time; - at least 9 months to allow industry to adjust. As most Member States have not yet issued a MIG yet, it is obvious that MSWs in the EU Member States can be only partly operational by 1 June 2015.

11. To develop and maintain a MIG requires substantial commitment of all stakeholders, including the European Commission services. 

12. Security issues need to be covered in the MSW, not in the least cyber-security. This is covered in the AnNa 2015 project list. It is unclear whether this work will result in a satisfactory outcome. In general, security does not allow full disclosure of all aspects that need to be covered by a Maritime Single Window.

13. The AnNA project shall engage the industry stakeholders more closely in its effort developing an (Interm) Master Plan Extended Collaboration - covering also a list of measures and important projects to be undertaken between 2016-2020. The involvement of Customs is perceived to be of major importance to most stakeholders. Developments in the Customs domain, i.e. on ICS/ECS and an ENS Common repository database, should preferably be taken into consideration. 

14. The Consultation Panel is willing to assist towards an AnNa final event on the maritime digital agenda.

15. A next (4th) meeting shall take place in April 2015 (Brussels). The current flow of information will be continued and possibly intensified (such as regarding Activity 3).

16. A picture developed by a European Master Mariner (Jerzy Najmola) on his experience relating reporting waste information to EU ports was disclosed (hereunder). Industry stakeholders appreciated this picture very much.