Formal adoption of two "Erika" directives

EU transport ministers yesterday rubber-stamped two maritime safety directives drafted in response to the environmental devastation caused by the 1999 Erika oil spill. The first gives greater powers to port authorities to inspect oil tankers, target "high risk" ships and blacklist those that do not meet safety criteria. The second harmonises EU rules governing classification societies, whose job it is to issue ships with safety permits for specific activities and cargoes. See council minutes and overview of new and planned changes to EU maritime safety policy.

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