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A look at the EU's maritime agenda in 2016

Numerous key issues for the maritime industry at the EU need to be settled in 2016. Following up on the disappointing COP21 result and European shipbreaking regulations are just two points on the agenda.

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From the industry's perspective, it is always a good sign when a nation with maritime traditions and interests take over the half-yearly chairmanship of the EU. Because this automatically places the maritime issues more prominently on the agenda, and this is also evident in case of the Dutch chairmanship, which will lead the meetings and determine the priorities in the first half of 2016.

Thus short-sea shipping has been placed high on the agenda, as the short routes, feeder traffic and seaborne transport on the large European rivers are important to the Netherlands. The Netherlands is also viewed as one of the most efficient and visionary EU nations which will do its part to ensure that the talks move beyond just protracted political discussions, according to sources in the shipping sphere.

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