On 18th January 2013, the Government of Malta, through its Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, H.E. John Paul Grech, deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Malta becomes the 34th ILO Member State and the 12th EU Member State to ratify this landmark Convention, which sets out decent working and living conditions for seafarers while creating conditions of fair competition for ship-owners.