EU Shipping Law

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A. Scope of this book

1.001 This book is an introduction to several aspects of the law of the European Union (“EU”)1 as it relates to shipping or maritime transport.2 Instead of being a general textbook on EU law, this book takes a specialist approach to EU law by identifying and examining many of the aspects of EU law most relevant to shipping.3 Given the breadth of the topic, the book concentrates on issues most relevant to shipping because almost any area of EU law is potentially relevant to the sector. 1.002 EU shipping law is an important topic because, as was stated in the Athens Declaration of 7 May 2014 (more formally entitled Mid-Term Review of the EU’s Maritime Transport Policy until 2018 and Outlook to 2020),

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“the EU is highly dependent on maritime transport4 both for its internal and external trade since 75% of the Union’s imports and exports and 37% of the internal trade transit through seaports5 and that shipping is a highly mobile industry facing increasingly fierce competition from third countries”.6

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