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Commission requests Spain to comply fully with EU rules on fishing vessels

31/05/2012 Commission requests Spain to comply fully with EU rules on fishing vessels

The European Commission has requested Spain to amend its legislation on health and safety requirements on fishing vessels in order to comply with the requirements of EU legislation on the matter.

In particular, the Commission has requested Spain to clarify the definition of the term "owner" of a fishing vessel so as to clearly determine who is responsible for complying with EU health and safety requirements on fishing vessels, as required by the Directive.

The request takes the form of an 'additional reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. Spain now has two months to bring its legislation into line with EU law. Otherwise the Commission may decide to refer Spain to the EU's Court of Justice.

Without a clear definition of who is responsible in practice for applying the health and safety rules on fishing vessels, there is a risk that the rules will not be applied.

The risk of an accident causing an injury or death is 2.4 times greater in the sea fisheries sector than the average of all EU industries.

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