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This chapter aims to provide an analysis of the growing bulk of EU maritime safety legislation from the perspective of international law. There is tension between the policy ambitions of the EU and the legal framework within which the ambitions are pursued. The EU is dependent on maritime transport. It is the world's largest trading block and conducts some 90 percent of its trade with the rest of the world by sea. Shipping is an international business and therefore requires international safety rules. ?Maritime safety' includes measures to enhance the protection of the environment. The jurisdiction of States over foreign ships is regulated in the law of the sea and in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The rules and principles governing the Community's external relations are scarcely and incompletely regulated in the Treaty or in any other formal legal acts.

Keywords: Convention; EU maritime safety legislation; international law



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