Inland Waterways; New Rules concerning passengers’ rights
Over the last decade, the European Union has increasingly devoted much of its attention towards passengers’ and tourists’ rights and its legal protection.Nonetheless, whereas air, railroad and bus passengers’ protection has been often tackled, passengers travelling by sea and inland waterways have been comparatively less concerned until recently.
In order to fill this gap, on 24 November 2010, the European Parliament and the Council passed a specific regulation concerning the rights of maritime and inland waterway passengers.
The Regulation acknowledges that maritime and inland waterway passenger is the weaker party to the transport contract and that, accordingly, it needs as well as all passengers to be protected with an adequate level of safety and security. This approach falls within the general duty of European institutions to ensure consumer protection at large.
The Regulation provides for a set of minimum standard of protection, thus not preventing single carriers to offer passengers better contract conditions.The paper is aimed at analysing the content of the Regulation No 1177/2010 so as to better understand its implications and any future perspectives also concerning the possibility of drafting some EU-funded project frameworks on this subject.
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