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EU countries must each compile and transmit to the European Commission (Eurostat) data relating to inland waterways transport.
The regulation does not apply to the carriage of goods by vessels of less than 50 deadweight tonnes or to vessels:
used mainly for transporting passengers;
used for ferrying purposes;
used solely for non-commercial purposes by port authorities and public authorities;
used solely for bunkering or storage;
not used to carry goods such as fishery vessels, dredgers, floating workshops, houseboats and pleasure craft.
EU countries in which the total volume of goods transported annually by inland waterways — national, international or transit — exceeds 1 million tonnes must provide data stipulated in the tables in Annexes I to IV to the regulation.
EU countries which do not have international or transit inland waterways transport, but in which the total volume of goods transported annually by inland waterways as national transport exceeds 1 million tonnes, shall supply only the data required by Annex V to the regulation.
The effect of this regulation is limited to those countries in which this mode of transport exists.
By 8 December 2018, the European Commission, in cooperation with EU countries, is to develop the appropriate methodology for compiling statistics on passenger transport by inland waterways, including by cross-border transport services.
In 2019, the Commission will launch voluntary pilot studies to be carried out by EU countries that provide data within the scope of this regulation on the availability of statistical data relating to passenger transport by inland waterways. The studies shall assess the feasibility of those new data collections, the costs of the related data collections and the statistical quality implied.
By 8 December 2020, the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the results of the pilot studies.
Data collection and transmission
Data are reported on the basis of the territoriality principle whereby each country reports the loading, unloading and movements of goods that take place on its national territory.
The tables in Annexes I to V to the regulation lay down the rules and formats for data collection.
EU countries must transmit to Eurostat the data they have gathered no later than 5 months after the end of the relevant period of observation.
The Commission is to adopt implementing acts laying down the arrangements for transmitting data to Eurostat.
Dissemination of data
Eurostat disseminates the data at a frequency similar to that laid down for the transmission of data (quarterly or annually).
Quality of data
The Commission is to adopt implementing acts laying down the methodological requirements and criteria designed to ensure the quality of the data produced.
EU countries must ensure the quality of data transmitted and supply the Commission (Eurostat) with a report containing such information and data as it may request in order to verify the quality of the data transmitted.
Reports on implementation
The Commission (Eurostat) shall report for the first time by 31 December 2020, and thereafter every 5 years, to the European Parliament and the Council on the regulation’s implementation and on future developments.
Regulation (EU) 2018/974 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 on statistics of goods transport by inland waterways (codification) (OJ L 179, 16.7.2018, pp. 14-29)
Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics and repealing Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1101/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 on Community Statistics, and Council Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom establishing a Committee on the Statistical Programmes of the European Communities (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, pp. 164-173)
Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.
Regulation (EC) No 1365/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on statistics of goods transport by inland waterways and repealing Council Directive 80/1119/EEC (OJ L 264, 25.9.2006, pp. 1-11)