Shipping register 'intact' as Malta fights hard in Brussels
The Maltese government managed to safeguard its maritime interests by successfully opposing new EU maritime pollution rules, through a combined effort alongside Greece and Cyprus, altogether holding the largest shipping fleets in the entire union.
All three countries strongly argued against the new rules, saying the Commission's plans would penalise their merchant fleets by going further than international agreements applicable to competitors outside the EU. The new regulations laid down that EU ships would adhere to stricter pollution conditions than non-EU vessels. Malta argued that half of its register could be endangered as a result
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