MEPs vote Tuesday on an agreement that would require EU member states to put in place proper inspection and certification mechanisms to ensure that living and working conditions on ships flying their flags conform to the International Labour Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention 2006. Seafarer recruiting agencies would also have to be inspected by the member state in which they operate.
This international convention, which has been transposed into EU law, governs working and accommodation conditions and social protection. At Parliament's insistence, a procedure for filing complaints about breaches of the convention has been included. This procedure would guarantee confidentiality and protection for complainants.
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement
Vote: Tuesday, 8 October