In 2006, the European Commission further sharpened security demands by a proposal for Regulation on improving security on the maritime supply chain (STC-001). The Regulation was however not approved and the proposal was revoked on 18 September 2010 (STC-002).
The goals of the European Commission were:
- To better secure the supply chain without obstructing trade flows;
- To create a common framework for a systematic Union approach without jeopardising the Common transport market and the existing security measures;
- To avoid unnecessary administrative procedures and burdens on the European and Member State level.
The European Commission proposed the following measures:
- A mandatory system of quality labels for "secure operators", meaning these operators comply with European security standards;
- A voluntary arrangement for stimulating supply operators to improve their security efforts
- Responsibility for the operators for their security level for transport within the Union;
- "Secure operators" will enjoy facilities when inspected on security checks, giving them a trade- and competition advantage;
- Possibility to frequently amend and improve the security prescriptions by a committee procedure.
Some relevant documents:
STC-002: Withdrawal of obsolete commission proposals: 2006/0025/COD. Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enhancing supply chain security (European Commission)
STC-001: Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on enhancing supply chain security – Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enhancing supply chain security (European Commission)