The EU has the institutions and the comprehensive legal regime to prevent vessel-source pollution within the Member States and these are reviewed here alongside 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; which have also seen an expansion of the competencies of EU institutions towards Member States. Although largely regarded as a success, the EU approach has also been criticised as tending towards unilateralism.
|Number of pages
|Journal of International Martime Law
|Published - 2009