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Maritime sector has been and will continue to be of strategic importance for Europe, due to the nature of its economy, topology, history and tradition [3]. Shipbuilding is a key maritime industry which has contributed significantly to Europe's maritime past and which is strategic for its maritime future. It is also a considerable source of employment. In the global market economy of today, EU shipbuilding and other related industries, in order to stay competitive, are faced with an urgent need for profound changes towards:

- The drastic reduction of the costs and lead times, imposed by the over-capacity in production and the consequent fierce international competition. This need has become even more urgent from the recent events in the Southeast Asia and from the upcoming cease of many subsidies to the EU shipbuilding industry.

- The achievement of a sustainable shipbuilding process, part of a sustainable "quality shipping".

- The assurance of the highest possible quality standards, necessary for a safe and environmentally friendly navigation.

Additional information

Authors: PEREZ-PRAT J, DG Enterprise, unit E.6;ANDRITSOS F, DG Enterprise, unit E.6
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19663 EN (2000). Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from: Documentation Service JRC Ispra Fax: +39-033-2785818
Record Number: 200013248 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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