The European Commission has opened a consultation to collect the views of economic operators on the extent to which common EU rules for small passenger ships could facilitate the internal market with small passenger ships. The consultation also aims to gather anecdotal evidence in support thereof and the respondents are therefore welcome to expand on their answers in the text boxes foreseen for this purpose. At the end of the questionnaire, it is also possible to upload supporting documents to complement the contribution.
The consultation is targeted at economic operators involved in building of and trading in passenger ships below 24 meters in length (referred thereafter as small passenger ships), such as shipyards, designers, owners and operators thereof. All other stakeholders can contribute to this consultation as they feel fit.
This consultation complements the ongoing targeted consultation with national authorities and stakeholders that focuses on the technical development of the safety goals and functional requirements themselves. All consultation results will feed into the Commission's analysis.
The deadline to submit a response for the consultation is the 30th of November 2017. The questionnaire is available in all official EU languages including Irish.