On 27 June, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) endorsed an agreement reached with the European Parliament and the Danish Presidency of the Council (19 June three-way meeting) on an update of Directive 2008/106/EC defining the minimum level of training for seafarers. The update aligns the EU directive of 2008 with recent amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). It contains updated standards for medical fitness and fitness for duty; the establishment of the new professional profiles of ‘able seafarers’, ‘electrotechnical officers’ and ‘electrotechnical ratings’; new provisions on security-related training for all seafarers; and new provisions on certificates, namely for the prevention of fraudulent practices. The new directive has yet to be formally approved by Parliament, whose vote is expected for autumn 2012. After that, the Council will be able to definitively adopt it.