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EC Sends Reasoned Opinion To Slovakia Regarding Safety Of Ships

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

01 July 2009


The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion – the last stage before bringing possible proceedings before the Court of Justice – to Slovakia for not having correctly transposed a Community directive in the field of maritime safety.

The Directive concerned lays down common rules for ship inspection and survey organizations.

Article 3 of Directive 1994/57/EC 1 provides that the Member States are to entrust duties of inspection and survey of ships flying their flag only to organizations granted recognition by the Commission following a procedure laid down by the Directive.

The Commission found that Slovak legislation allowed the use of a classification society other than a society recognized under the Directive provided that it had submitted an application to the Commission connected with that recognition.

However, there are no provisions in the Directive allowing the use of a classification society if it has not been the subject of a formal recognition decision by the Commission. Slovakia had therefore failed to have regard to the requirements of the Directive.


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