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EP negotiators welcome the agreement reached with the Maltese EU Council Presidency on the revised rules on passenger ship safety standards, inspections and passenger registration.

"I am very pleased with the outcome of the trilogue negotiations with the Maltese Presidency, that have led to a reinforced and simpler system of inspections for the safe operation of ro-ro passenger ships and high-speed passenger crafts by ensuring the highest priority is given to these ships and that the mandatory two inspections per year are carried out on a regular basis," said Dominique Riquet (ALDE, FR), rapporteur for rules on inspections of ro-ro ferries and high-speed passenger craft.

 

"Citizens traveling on passenger ships rightly expect that they can rely with confidence on a high level of safety on board. The modernized rules agreed today will help to maintain and improve safety while making their application simpler,” said Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, IT), rapporteur for safety rules and standards for passenger ships.

 

“I am pleased to see that Parliament's position - on developing guidelines for particular vessels, increasing transparency and clarifying the rules on ships built from aluminium – could be successfully integrated in the new directive," she added.

 

“The main goal of the agreement on passenger registration rules is to take advantage of digitalization to improve the security for sea passengers and the treatment of their personal data, said rapporteur Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, ES).

 

“The voluntary inclusion of the nationality, as well as the mobile phone number or the information on special care or needs are the key improvement to guarantee a better intervention of rescue services in case of accident and faster communication with relatives,” she added.

 

Background

In June 2016 the European Commission presented proposals for updating passenger ship safety rules following an evaluation of existing rules in the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) Programme. The evaluation showed that the EU passenger ship safety framework meets the safety objectives, but these can be reached in a simpler and more proportionate manner.

 

Following the adoption of Parliament’s initial position in April 2017, EP and Council started negotiations on the final wording of the new rules.

 

Next steps

The informal agreement reached by EP and Maltese Council Presidency negotiators now needs to be approved by the Council and the Parliament.

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