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Why EU scrapping rules became a compromise

Major financial interests in poor Asian countries were in play when negotiators from EU countries on Thursday agreed on a comlicated proposal on ship scrapping.

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Considerations regarding the significant financial interests involved in ship scrapping on primitive beaches in several Asian countries, and the fear among shipowners in several European countries that extensive EU regulation and a direct ban of beaching could destroy the efforts to ensure a global scrapping agreement (the Hong Kong convention) triggered the compromise that negotiators from the EU countries agreed on yesterday, Thursday.

A long line of environmental organizations, particularly the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, are criticizing the agreement, stating that it's completely inadequate because the wording doesn't specifically ban scrapping on beaches. And the time frame of the proposal, which gives the EU Commission three years to produce a list of approved facilities, is also subject to criticism.

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