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Streamlined Legislation Sought For EU Maritime Sector

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

31 October 2013

A new three-year European research project, part-funded by the European Union (EU), to be known as "e-Compliance," has been launched to dramatically cut the burden created by EU regulations on maritime industry stakeholders.

Building on the success of other EU projects such as FLAGSHIP, e-Compliance will look at creating a model for managing maritime regulations digitally and thus help to harmonize these regulations. The project's consortium comprises representatives of the three main stakeholder groups: classification societies (who create class rules,) port state control (who enforce regulations,) and shipowners (who need to comply with regulations). Collectively they will recommend improvements to regulations, and seek to reduce the burden on practitioners who work with maritime regulations on a daily basis.

Manager of the e-Compliance project, Philipp Lohrmann, explained: "Presently, there are numerous disparate initiatives and projects that address specific aspects of the regulatory domain. The e-Compliance project will bring these different approaches together, using their most promising aspects in order to increase coherence and efficiency in the world of maritime regulations."

The initiative aims to facilitate tighter integration and cooperation in the fragmented field of regulatory compliance in the maritime domain. Presently, regulations are created by numerous bodies, with little cooperation between them. As such, there is a significant lack of cohesion between different regulations and potentially conflict.

The project's participants hope that by creating a model for managing regulations digitally and creating services for all the different stakeholders, their efforts can lead to the harmonization of maritime regulations and bolster cooperation between stakeholder groups. The benefits of such an approach are two fold: the quality of regulations will improve, and may bring down the cost of their development; and industry stakeholders will benefit from less red tape.

TAGS: compliance | marine | law | regulation | European Union (EU) | services | Compliance | Europe

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