The EU council of ministers has moved one step closer to completing its first reading adoption of a proposed legislative package on maritime safety known as Erika III (EED 08/06/07). Last Friday transport ministers adopted positions on two of Erika's seven proposals: ship inspections and accidents involving passenger ships. Two other proposals have yet to be adopted. The European parliament's second reading will then begin. Ministers also adopted a resolution on an EU plan to modernise freight transport infrastructure (EED 18/10/07). See council press release.
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