Shipping Policy

The EU relies on international shipping for 70% of its external trade, which includes the EU’s vital imports of raw materials and other essential goods, primarily carried by bulk / tramp shipping.

As a strategic asset and the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport, European shipping enables the EU to safeguard its geopolitical independence and sovereignty, while at the same time increasing its economic, industrial and environmental resilience.

The EU should formulate a comprehensive and globally oriented maritime policy, with a strong focus on supporting the global competitiveness of shipping and the wider maritime cluster, especially in light of the EU Green Deal, which important as it is, should not overwhelm the maritime policy agenda.

EU’s policies and regulations must enable EU shipping to not only survive in the face of growing global competition, but to also thrive.