European Union

    The European Commission published proposals May 22 to tighten rules on ship breaking to make it less dangerous and more environmentally sound. It said most ship breaking took place in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, where accident rates were high and pollution from the ships hit the coastline. The EU should ensure that ships do not leave EU ports full of hazardous materials and suggested giving financial aid to countries where ships are dismantled to help them protect their workers against the toxic materials that emerge when a ship is broken up. (Reuters)

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