When work is being carried out under the CIS process or when the European Commission consults on a particular issue which is of importance to the navigation sector, it has often proved useful for the Task Group to develop a ‘common position’, summarising the views of the sector. The process of discussing the issues raised and agreeing a way forward through the Task Group has been very successful – both in raising awareness of various WFD-related issues within the sector, and in allowing any differences in views to be identified and resolved. The sector has thus been able to prepare and present a single response to the Commission on a number of key WFD issues.
Amongst the discussion and position papers prepared in this way by the Task Group are the following:
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Nature Restoration. WFD Navigation Task Group. Position Paper. February 2023.
In 2022, a proposal for a new European nature restoration law was published. This ambitious law would make it mandatory for European Member States to implement a staged restoration of up to 90% of a wide range of different habitat types by 2050, and to re-establish up to 100% of lost habitats by the same date. In the meantime, deterioration in the condition of all such habitats will need to be prevented.
Depending on how it is implemented, such a new law could potentially have significant implications for many port and waterway maintenance activities as well as for new navigation infrastructure development projects. The EU Water Framework Directive Navigation Task Group has therefore prepared a Position Paper that explains the concerns of the sector, suggests some pragmatic solutions to help reduce potential delays, extra costs, etc., and seeks clarification on a number of currently unanswered questions.
Position of the EU Waterborne Transport Infrastructure Sector on the EU Water Framework Directive Fitness Check. Position Paper. November 2019.
The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Licensing in Coastal Water Bodies. Position Paper. January 2016.
Sediment Trend Monitoring. Issues Paper. March 2015.