A policy document entitled “Maritime Transport Strategy 2009–2018” presented on 21 January by the European Commission called for EU observer status for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and went as far as mentioning the term full membership, though this is not thought to be an immediate goal. Currently, the European Commission, not the EU, has IMO observer status, and the EU 27 Member States are also members of IMO.
The policy document also called for “Greener Maritime Transport”, saying that the EU should encourage all actors to promote green solutions in maritime transport. The Commission, the Member States and the European maritime industry should be working together towards the long-term objective of “zero-waste, zero-emissions”.
Sources: Lloyds List and European Commission, 21 January 2009