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EU Parliament will not change disputed text on scrapping

The European Parliament has rejected calls to change a controversial phrasing in the English version of the standards imposed on shipbreaking facilities in order to be approved to scrap EU vessels by next year. The Danish EPA, which has fought to have the phrasing changed, describes the situation as highly unusual.

Photo: Louise Vogdrup-Schmidt

The dispute over the EU's stance on scrapping has taken a new turn after the European Parliament has rejected calls to change a key wording in the English translation of the ship recycling regulation.

Several countries, including Denmark, have since 2015 been working to change a key phrase in the English version of the regulation, as this version does not correspond to other versions of the text.

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