ENFORCEMENT OF THE MLC 2006: BELGIAN LEGISLATION UNDER EUROPEAN IMPULSE

MLC 2006 creates global minimum standards that guarantee the right of all seafarers to decent living and working conditions, regardless of their nationality and regardless of the flag of the ship on which they work. Through Directive 2009/16/EC as amended by Directive 2013/38/EU and Directive 2013/54/EU the EU has tried to ensure enforcement of MLC 2006 in all European  Member States in their capacities of Port State or Flag State.

The above Directives were implemented in Belgian law by a Royal Decree of 21 July 2014 amending the Royal Decree of 22 December 2010 and by a Royal Decree of 7 May 2015. Given the fact that, in the past, Belgium had made extensive efforts in terms of legislation on port and flag state control, the number of adjustments to the national legislation could be limited to a minimum.

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