European shipowners will now have to scrap ships responsibly

With the smallest margin possible, the EU countries' ambassdors in Brussels just approved the proposal for more responsible scrapping of EU-flagged ships. The Commission now has to prepare a list of responsible scrapping facilities as part of the effort to end the highly criticized scrapping of ships on the beaches in Asia.

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A new agreement about more responsible scrapping has just now been approved in Brussels by COREPER, the EU countries' ambassadors. The proposal has been long underway and has been heavily debated internally in the Commission, the Parliament, and the Council of Ministers, and was ultimalety approved by a marginal majority. Four major countries voted against the proposal, while three countries declined to vote, which counts as a vote against the proposal.

The Rapporteur to the Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, Carl Schlyter, has championed the proposal, and says it's been a long and tough battle to get the proposal approved.

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