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Maritime safety – three directives under review

The Commission is currently carrying out an impact assessment of three pieces of maritime safety legislation to see whether and how they can be improved.

The assessments will examine:

Day of the Seafarer 2021

On 25 June, the Day of the Seafarer, more than one million seafarers are out at sea, keeping global supply chains intact, just as they are every other day of the year. On this day, the European Commission pays tribute to their work, which often means many weeks or months away from home.

Although maritime transport carries 90 percent of world trade and 75 percent of EU imports and exports, it does not often receive the recognition it deserves for keeping our economies running.

Maritime taxonomy: new study contributes to definition of ‘sustainable economic activity’

The results of a new study on greening the maritime sector assesses which forms of maritime transport and related activities can be considered sustainable. The study is linked to ongoing work on the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance initiative. The Taxonomy is intended to increase investment in sustainable activities across all economic sectors. It will help potential investors and companies to understand whether any finance injected into a specific project would be classified as ‘sustainable investment’.

Updated overview of the State aid rules and public service obligations rules applicable to the air and maritime transport sector during the COVID-19 outbreak

The European Commission services provide an update to their guidance on the applicable State aid rules and public service obligations (PSO) rules during the Covid-19 outbreak. The update is based on the development of the pandemic and the experience of DG Mobility and Transport and DG Competition with support measures adopted by the Member States over the past year.

Coast guard cooperation: 3 EU Agencies strengthen cooperation in support of Member States

Today an important step is taken in further developing the mandate set out in the 2016 European Border Coast Guard Regulation. The European Commission welcomes the renewed cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) on supporting Member States' coast guards in their activities.

New maritime transport dialogue launched between the EU and ASEAN

Representatives from the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met virtually on 19 March to initiate a new Dialogue on Maritime Transport that will support the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). The 2006 Convention is intended to improve seafarers’ living and working conditions, which have in some cases deteriorated during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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