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The EU Regulatory Action in the Shipping Sector: A Historical Perspective


  • Bernardo Urrutia

    () (Maritime Policy & Safety Unit, European Commission, 200 Rue de la Loi, B-1049 Brussels)


Over the recent years the European Union has deployed a significant regulatory effort in the field of maritime transport. Today (as of beginning 2006), there is a comprehensive package of common rules regarding key aspects of shipping. The progressive transfer of competences from the national spheres towards the Community in matters related to regulation of shipping is a noteworthy development, taking into account the traditionally very different approaches to shipping of the individual EU Member States. This article reviews the inception and main developments of the EU maritime policy over the years, examining the primary underlying factors. Maritime Economics & Logistics (2006) 8, 202–221. doi:10.1057/palgrave.mel.9100154

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  • Bernardo Urrutia, 2006. "The EU Regulatory Action in the Shipping Sector: A Historical Perspective," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 8(2), pages 202-221, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:marecl:v:8:y:2006:i:2:p:202-221

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    1. Adolf K.Y. Ng & Sergi Saurí & Mateu Turró, 2013. "Short sea shipping in Europe: issues, policies and challenges," Chapters,in: Regulating Transport in Europe, chapter 8, pages 196-217 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Mary R. Brooks, 2011. "Competition and Regulation in Maritime Transport," Chapters,in: A Handbook of Transport Economics, chapter 37 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. André de Palma & Robin Lindsey & Emile Quinet & Roger Vickerman (ed.), 2011. "A Handbook of Transport Economics," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 12679.

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