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Brussels, 3 April 2008

Maritime safety: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy

The Commission sent today a reasoned opinion to Italy for failure to adequately transpose and implement legislation on port State control

The Commission has decided to act against Italy for failure to fully transpose into national law and implement a 1995 Directive[1], which was subsequently amended following, among others, the Erika accident. The Directive aims to reduce substandard shipping in Community waters by promoting compliance with international and Community legislation on maritime safety, establishing common criteria for control of ships by the port State and harmonizing procedures on inspection and detention.

Italy has until now failed to transpose and apply one of the Directive's original rules which calls for the costs of the inspections to be charged to the owner or operator of the ship. The action taken by the Commission today is the last step before bringing Italy to the European Court of Justice.

[1] Council Directive 95/21/EC of 19 June 1995 on port State control of shipping (OJ L 157, 7.7.1995, p. 1) as last amended by Directive 2002/84/EC.

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