Maritime Cabotage (international and intra-Community)

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Regulation 4055/86 gives Member State nationals (and non-Community shipping companies using ships registered in a Member State and controlled by Member State nationals) the right to carry passengers or goods by sea between any port of a Member State and any port or offshore installation of another Member State or of a non-Community country.

International law

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EU ratification

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European law

Regulation (EEC) No 4055/86 of 22.12.1986 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport between Member States and between Member States and third countries. Full text (PDF format)

Cases before the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Case C-83/13, Fonnship A/S, Svenska Transportarbetarförbundet v Fonnship A/S, Svenska Transportarbetarförbundet, Facket för Service och Kommunikation (SEKO) – pending. Track the case

Joined Cases C-171/98, C-201/98 and C-202/98, Commission v. Belgium and Luxembourg, judgment of 14.9.1999.

Case C-170/98, Commission v. Belgium, judgment of 14.9.1999.

Case C-84/98, Commission v. Portugal, judgment of 4.7.2000.

Case C-62/98, Commission v. Portugal, judgment of 4.7.2000.

Joined Cases C-395/96 P and C-396/96, Compagnie Maritime Belge NV and Dafra-Lines v. Commission.

Case C-381/93, Commission v France (1994) ECR I-5145.

Case C-18/93, Corsica Ferries Italia (1994) ECR I-1783.

Case C-179/90, Merci Convenzionali Porto di Genova (1991) ECR I-5889.

Case C-355/87, Commission v. Council, judgment of 30.5.1989 (1989) ECR 1517.

Statements of EU Institutions

Commission Report on the implementation of Regulation (EEC) No 4055/86 applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport between Member States and between Member States and third countries. SEC(92) 2183 final of 24.11.1993. Full text (PDF format)

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