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Schwerpunkt: Responsible Maritime Governance ∙ The Environmental Provisions of the EU Seaports Regulation

Eric Van Hooydonk
Keywords: Ports, EU law, Environment

Regulation (EU) 2017/352 of 15 February 2017 establishing a framework for the provision of port services and common rules on the financial transparency of ports, or in short, the EU Seaports Regulation, governs access to the market for port services in the EU and the financial management of the European port system. In particular, it introduces a legal framework for the granting of market access rights by port managing bodies to service providers, allowing the latter to exercise their activities in ports. It also introduces transparency rules with respect to the public financing of port managing bodies and the collection of port service charges and port infrastructure charges. This paper addresses the context of the new legislation, its scope, the market access rules, the financial regime and the procedural guarantees, with an emphasis on the provisions that refer to environmental aspects.

Eric Van Hooydonk is Professor of Port Law at the Maritime Institute of the University of Ghent as well as Lawyer of the Antwerp Bar. This article is based on his presentation at the Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC) 2019.


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