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Better regulation on EU passenger ship safety legislation

Date: 15/12/2015

On 16th October 2015, the Commission delivered the results of a fitness check carried out on EU legislation applicable to passenger ship safety. In the report, the Commission assesses whether safety standards for passenger ships sailing in EU waters are effective and efficient and identifies how they could be improved and simplified. The report is a result of several years of consultations and evaluations, driven by the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) Programme.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc underlined "both, cutting red tape and the safety of European citizens are at the heart of the Commission's transport policy".

The Commission envisages proposing a simplified regulatory framework for EU passenger ship safety. Its aim is to remove outdated, ambiguous or disproportionate requirements, and to further improve the effectiveness of search and rescue operations. Where appropriate, the Commission envisages stepping up the efforts to upgrade standards at the level of the International Maritime Organization. This concerns in particular rules concerning the stability of passenger ships when their hull is damaged.

Passenger ships play an important role for the mobility of EU citizens. On average, it is estimated that more than 400 million passengers pass through EU ports every year. 120 million of them are transported between ports within the same Member State.


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