EU pushes for global maritime safety drive

EU transport commissioner Loyola de Palacio has urged world governments and international institutions to support Europe's push for stronger maritime safety controls, which has taken on extra momentum since last year's Prestige tanker spill. In a letter publicised yesterday, the commissioner calls for "radical change" in the way the international law of the sea balances the interests of marine transport and coastal states. She also welcomes the International maritime organisation's intention to hold debates this year on the flag state implementation code and on a compulsory model audit scheme. See press release.

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