Social Agenda for Maritime Transport
The Commission intends to present in 2011 a Social Agenda for Maritime Transport in line with the Communication from the Commission Europe 2020 on a European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and following up on the Communication from the Commission on Strategic goals and recommendations for the EU's maritime transport policy until 2018. The aim of this initiative is to:
- create/safeguard an adequate maritime labour force for the European shipping and maritime clusters;
- create/foster employment of European seafarers;
- safeguard the European maritime know-how;
- promote maritime safety and security and the protection of the environment.
This initiative will include a Communication and legislative proposals regarding the enforcement of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 through port state control and the integration into EU legislation of the revised International Maritime Organisation Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).
Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness
The Commission created in 2010 a Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness to develop ideas on ways to strengthen the attractiveness of the seafaring profession while keeping the EU shipping industry competitive. The Task Force delivered a set of policy recommendations in its Report (see link below) published in July 2011.