Ireland records another success on the Maritime Labour Package
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has confirmed another successful Irish Presidency trilogue* with the European Parliament on the Flag State Directive, which covers marine issues.
“The safety and welfare of those working in the maritime sector is vital. Today’s agreement on the EU Directive on Flag State control, following on from last month’s agreement on Port State control, is a key milestone in implementing the Maritime Labour Convention.
“Ireland has a strong maritime tradition and we are very happy to advance a number of important maritime initiatives during our Presidency. We recently finalised an agreement between Member States and the European Parliament on an EU directive in relation to technical standards for Recreational Water-based Craft which should see improved emission standards and increased competitiveness among European manufacturers.
“We also expect to make significant progress on the revised Marine Equipment Directive, which streamlines and updates procedures for approval of equipment installed on board EU ships, and which is very important for the industry and the functioning of the internal market as well as for safety of EU ships.”
* A trilogue is a negotiation between the Council, Commission and Parliament.