EU: Commission requests Italy to comply with new safety rules for passenger ships

The European Commission has asked Italy to adopt national legislation implementing the new European safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The Commission’s request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If Italy fails to inform the Commission within two months of the measures it has taken to ensure full compliance with EU law, the Commission could refer the case to the European Court of Justice.In 2010 the EU adopted a new directive on safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The primary aim of this directive was to provide an up-to-date European legislative framework which would take into account the latest measures agreed upon in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). These include, among many other technical requirements, a ban onmaterials containing asbestos, the obligation to install emergency lighting to allow passengers to exit safely and the requirement to provide adequate life jackets for larger individuals.However, Italy has failed to notify the Commission of the measures taken to enforce the new Directive on safety rules and standards for passenger ships although required to do so by 29 June 2011.Source: EU press release RAPID IP/11/1412 of Nov. 24, 2011

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