The European Union's role in the prevention of vessel-source pollution and its internal influence

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The EUhas the institutions and the comprehensive legal regime to regulate the prevention of vessel-source pollution within the Member States and these are reviewed here together with the international conventions. The EU has been much more proactive since the Erika and Prestige disasters with the adoption of a series of new regulations on the prevention of vessel-source pollution. This legislation also demonstrates an expansion of the competencies of EU institutions towards Member States, and the EU approach, although largely regarded as a success, has also been criticised as tending towards unilateralism.

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