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Safety rules and standards for passenger ships [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (3rd edition),

Big yellow passenger ferry ship, bow fragment

© eugenesergeev / Fotolia

The European Commission, in line with its regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT), has evaluated existing EU legislation on passenger ship safety and presented three proposals for directives, aimed at simplifying rules and cutting administrative costs, while at the same time making sea travel safer.

This proposal seeks to clarify the technical requirements introduced by Directive 2009/45/EC, which vessels must respect in areas of construction, stability and fire protection. The Commission proposed to exclude passenger ships below 24 metres in length from the scope, but include ships built from aluminium, and simplify the definition of sea areas. The newly defined standards should provide for uniform national interpretations and make the rules easier to update, monitor and enforce.

See also briefings on the related proposals, on passenger registration and vessel inspections.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/45/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:







Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)

Salvatore Domenico Pogliese (EPP, Italy)

Inés Ayala Sender (S&D, Spain)

Jacqueline Foster (ECR, UK)

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain)

Stelios Kouloglou (EUL-NGL, Greece)

Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)

Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)

COM(2016) 369 of 6.6.2016, 2016/0170(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

Stage: Plenary



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