Following the exit of the UK from Europe, the British Government is now working to ensure that the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will continue to accept UK certificates of competency.
The EU adapted its legislation to ensure legal certainty for ship operators when the UK leaves the EU. On January 25, member states’ ambassadors approved amended rules on the assessment of ship inspection organisations, whose task it is to ensure the safety of ships and prevent marine pollution. The presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on 21 January.
On 30 January, EU Coreper approved a mandate, aiming to enable the presidency to start negotiations with the Parliament on a proposal to ensure new maritime connections between Ireland and the other EU countries on the North Sea-Mediterranean network in case of a no-deal Brexit.
The European Union is adapting legislation to make sure of the legal certainty of vessel operators after Brexit. Member states’ ambassadors meeting in the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved amended rules on the assessment of ship inspection organisations, whose task it is to ensure the safety of ships and prevent marine pollution. The presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on 21 January.
Ahead of Brexit and the uncertainties that come with it, especially regarding the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, Ireland reminded operators of maritime transport services are reminded of the legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the UK leaves the EU.
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