The lobby team of EMISA consists of six people:

  • Two Lobbyists
  • Two Lawyers
  • Two Legal Assistants

Each member of the lobby team brings his/her specific expertise. The team focuses mainly on lobbying with:

  1. International Maritime Organisation
  2. European Commission
  3. National Authorities
  4. Relevant NGO's

01 | International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, the IMO is a specialised agency of the United Nations with 171 Member States and three Associate Members. The IMO's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security, and the efficiency of shipping. Our main purpose is to lobby those organisations which have a voice within IMO so as to influence current and future legislation to ensure that this does not have anti-competitive impacts or reduce the freedom of companies to innovate to provide new solutions in a timely achievable manner. A specific concern relates to legislation covering emissions from marine diesel engines and related equipment.

02 | European Commission

  • Directorate-General Competition
  • Directorate-General Environment
  • Directorate-General Mobility and Transport

Commonly referred to as DG Environment, the objective of the Directorate-General is to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations. To achieve this it proposes policies that ensure a high level of environmental protection in the European Union and that preserve the quality of life of EU citizens.

The DG Competition is responsible for establishing and implementing a coherent competition policy for the European Union. The DG Competition has a dual role in antitrust enforcement: an investigative role and a decision-making role. This duality of roles has been criticized in the past. In response to such criticism, DG Competition has implemented a number of internal reforms in order to guarantee parties' due process rights.

The DG for Mobility and Transport is responsible for transport within the European Union. Its mission is to ensure that transport policies are designed for the benefit of all sectors of the Community. The Directorate-General carries out these tasks using legislative proposals and programme management, including the financing of projects.

03 | National Authorities

The flag state of a commercial vessel is the state under whose laws the vessel is registered or licensed. The flag state has the authority and responsibility to enforce regulations over vessels registered under its flag, including those relating to inspection, certification, and issuance of safety and pollution prevention documents. As a ship operates under the laws of its flag state, these laws are used if the ship is involved in an admiralty case.

That is why EMISA lobbies the ministries of but not limited to flag states where our members are located.
The ministries that concern EMISA:

  • Ministries responsible for Environment
  • Ministries responsible for Competition
  • Ministries responsible for Shipping

04 | Relevant NGO’s

Transport & Environment’s mission is to promote, at EU and global level, a transport policy based on the principles of sustainable development. Transport policy should minimise harmful impacts on the environment and health, maximise efficiency of resources, including energy and land, and guarantee safety and sufficient access for all. They coordinate the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) which has observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and are members of the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) which has observer status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Transport & Environment is also recognised as an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.