States urge faster single-hulled tanker ban

The leaders of Spain, France and Portugal have urged the EU to speed up introduction of tougher maritime safety rules, especially a ban on single-hulled oil tankers, Portuguese news agency Lusa reports. In a letter to the Greek presidency the Portuguese prime minister José Manual Durao Barroso, Spanish premier José Maria Aznar and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac called for measures to be agreed at the 27 March transport council. The three stressed that the tighter controls being sought would have prevented last year's Prestige oil spill. See news agency report.

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