Oil and Gas UK have released a paper detailing their position in
relation to the European Commission's proposal to regulate
The Commission are proposing to introduce a new Regulation setting
strict health, safety and environmental standards for offshore
operations across the EU (for more information
Oil and Gas UK have come out strongly against any such Regulation
in their position paper and accompanying press release saying that
it would have an immediate detrimental effect on offshore safety
standards in the UK with no significant improvement being seen in
the long-term. Chief Executive Malcolm Webb has said, in a press
release on the issue, that "while we (Oil and Gas UK) will
always support proper moves to improve safety standards, this
proposal to dismantle the UK's world-class safety regime which
is built on decades of experience and replace it with new
centralised EU Regulation, is likely to have exactly the opposite
As an alternative, they suggest the goal of raising standards
across the European Union could be achieved by an appropriate
Directive. This could be used to facilitate improvement in those
Member States currently without a significant safety regime while
allowing countries who do have such systems in place, such as the
UK, to continue unaffected.
While the European Commission remains committed to introducing a
Regulation in this area debate will no doubt continue, especially
now that Oil and Gas UK have declared their stance against it. The
Oil and Gas UK press release can be found here and the position paper can be viewed here.
This article was written for Law-Now, CMS Cameron
McKenna's free online information service. To register for
Law-Now, please go to www.law-now.com/law-now/mondaq
Law-Now information is for general purposes and guidance
only. The information and opinions expressed in all Law-Now
articles are not necessarily comprehensive and do not purport to
give professional or legal advice. All Law-Now information relates
to circumstances prevailing at the date of its original publication
and may not have been updated to reflect subsequent
The original publication date for this article was
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
Following the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) 21-month investigation into the energy market, Ofgem's nearly two-year Retail Market Review, and considerable political spotlight on the energy market...
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).