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EC Law And Maritime Transport: Preliminary Remarks

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In the last few years, the EU has become a major player in the maritime regulatory environment. Defending the competitiveness of the European maritime industry has for many years been one of the main objectives of Community maritime policy. It is for the sake of competitiveness that the Member States and the Commission have set up the well-known arrangements - such as the second registers or the tonnage tax - capable of re-balancing, at least partially, the international level playing field for shipping. The global nature of maritime transport raises not only the challenge of global competitiveness, but also the need to defend our coasts. Maritime safety standards are properly set at an international level; there are no doubts about the scientific background and the appropriate character of IMO rules: the problem is their weak enforcement.

Keywords: European maritime industry; global competitiveness; maritime policy; maritime regulatory environment; maritime safety standards; maritime transport; member states; shipping

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