The Commission's proposals concern two key pieces of legislation on maritime security: Directives 2009/16/EC on port state control and 2009/21/EC on the responsibilities of flag states. The aim of amending these directives is to clarify the responsibilities of port states and flag states in the implementation of Directive 2009/13.
Notably, the Commission wants flag states to establish inspection systems to ensure that living and working conditions for seafarers comply with Directive 2009/13. The proposal on port state control also amends Directive 2009/16/EC by incorporating the requirement under the MLC for ships of 500 GT and above to carry a maritime labour certificate, and a declaration of maritime labour compliance attesting to compliance with the MLC.
In 2011, the Commission launched a consultation on compliance with the ILO Convention, saying that the absence of rules to ensure respect for this convention could lead to unfair competition between shipowners.