EU proposes better ship dismantling

22 May 2007 – The European Commission (EC) released today its “Green Paper on Better Ship Dismantling”. The NGO Platform shares the concerns expressed by the Commission regarding the current unacceptable shipbreaking crisis and the need for a « radical change ». The EU has an important role to play in achieving the goal of safe and environmentally sound shipbreaking worldwide and the scope of the shipbreaking problem calls for the EU to urgently take leadership.

The Green Paper contains some essential policy statements as well as innovative ideas on how the shipbreaking issue can be tackled.

Most importantly these include: