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European offshore safety regulation

Triggered by the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico the European Commission introduced a European offshore safety directive. The plan of the EU was to introduce a regulation, however after a strong lobby campaign of especially the oil and gas industry around the North Sea (including NOGEPA and IRO) with well-developed oil and gas safety regulations and cultures, it was decided to introduce a directive instead of a regulation. The advantage is that for countries with well-developed offshore safety regulations, existing offshore regulation can stay in place.