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Home News & Events SHIPPING LAW NEWS: Malta disagrees with EU White Paper to create an EU-Wide Shipping Register

SHIPPING LAW NEWS: Malta disagrees with EU White Paper to create an EU-Wide Shipping Register

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 18:14

The White Paper issued by the European Commission on 28 of March 2011, entitled ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport systemenvisages a competitive and sustainable transport system within the European Union. It considers the growth of all the transport sectors within a framework of supporting mobility whilst at the same time, reducing emissions in line with eco-friendly policies. The White Paper remarks that “in essence, the EU sign would represent a quality label certifying safe, secure, environmentally friendly ships manned by qualified professionals.”

In providing for an efficient and integrated transport system, the White Paper inter alia contemplates the creation of an EU shipping register and EU flag for maritime and inland waterway transport. Certain Member States have heavily criticized this proposal including Malta.

Indeed, Malta has a long established and reputable shipping register, it being the second largest within the EU.

In the opinion of the Maltese Minister responsible for Transport, Dr. Austin Gatt, ‘Malta does not support the creation of an EU flag or of an EU register for shipping. We consider ships and aircraft as a matter of an extension of national sovereignty.’

For Further reading: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2011:0144:FIN:EN:PDF