Maritime Cabotage (domestic)

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Regulation 3577/92 grants freedom to provide maritime transport services within a Member State (maritime cabotage) for Community ship-owners operating ships registered in a Member State and flying the flag of that Member State, subject to these ships complying with all the conditions for carrying out cabotage within that Member State.

International law

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EU ratification

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European law

Regulation (EEC) No 3577/92 of 7.12.1992 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States (maritime cabotage). Full text (PDF format)

Commission Decision 93/125/EEC of 17.2.1993 on Spain’s request for adoption by the Commission of safeguard measures under Art. 5 of Regulation (EEC) No 3577/92 against applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States (maritime cabotage). Full text (PDF format)

Case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Case C-17/13, Alpina River Cruises GmbH and Nicko Tours GmbH v Ministero delle infrastrutture e dei
trasporti - Capitaneria di Porto di Chioggia – pending. Track the case

Statements of EU Institutions

Commission Communication on the interpretation of Regulation (EEC) No 3577/92 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States (maritime cabotage). COM(2003) 595 final. Full text (PDF format)

Third Commission report on the implementation of Regulation 3577/92 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime cabotage (1997-1998). COM(2000) 99 final of 24.2.2000. Full text (PDF format)

Second Commission Report for 1995-96 on the implementation of Regulation 3577/92 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States (maritime cabotage), and on the economic and social impact of the liberalisation of island cabotage. COM(97) 296 final of 17.6.1997. Full text (PDF format)

First Commission Report on the implementation of Regulation (EEC) 3577/92 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States - 1993-1994. COM(95) 383 final of 6.9.1995. Full text (PDF format)

Written Questions by Members of the European Parliament (rule 117)

Written Question E-5215/2010 by Nikolaos Salavrakos: “Maritime cabotage in Greece — Regulation 3577/92” with answer of Kallas of 18.8.2010. Full text

Written Questiopn E-2967/00 by Mariotto Segni: “Regulations Nos 2408/92 and 3577/92” with answer by Commissioner de Palacio of 31.10.2000. Full text

Written Question P-3616/97 by Alexandros Alavanos: “Implementation of Regulation 3577/92” with answer by Commissioner Kinnoch of 10.12.1997. Full text

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