LAWS TO WATCH: Maritime Transport Services Act

Sinisa Hajdas DojcicLPJ Issue 129, April 20 2015

During Croatia’s EU membership negotiations, Croatia negotiated a transition period for maritime cabotage services for public transport services on state lines until 31 December 2016.  During 2016, the legislation changes allows for the completion of the shipping services selection procedure, in the selection of operators that will provide services from 1 January 2017.  All shipping operators from the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to compete for these services.

The legislation sets the legal framework for the payment of social aid subsidies for island residents; island residents are eligible for preferential transport. Compensation for loss of earnings, due to the transport of such persons and/or their vehicles, will be reimbursed to ship operators from the state budget, in the form of state aid.

The proposed changes precisely regulates the management of  seasonal transport lines, in order to meet the real needs that increases during the summer months, due to the influx of tourism traffic. The legislation also defines shipping line schedules, taking into account the real needs of the local island population.

Proposed by: Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport, and Infrastructure

Note: Public debate is open until 18 May 2015

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