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Parliamentary questions
20 February 2007
WRITTEN QUESTION by Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

 Subject: International ship and port facilities security code (ISPS code)

The international ship and port facilities security code was adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) after the attacks of 11 September 2001 on the USA and is implemented within the framework of ‘Chapter XI‑2 — Special measures to enhance maritime security’, of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). It contains two parts, the first is mandatory while the second provides guidance in implementation. The code entered into effect on 1 July 2004.

The European Union has already expressed interest in the ISPS code, and a recital of Regulation (EC) No 725/2004(1) on enhancing ship and port facility security (31. 3.2004) refers specifically to SOLAS and the ISPS code. Recital 8 states ‘Part B of the ISPS code comprises a number of recommendations which should be made mandatory within the Community in order to make uniform progress towards achievement of the security objective described in Recital 2.’

In view of the above will the Commission say:

Has the ISPS code been incorporated in Community law? Are both parts of the code binding for Member States? What is the subject of the more important non binding recommendations of the code which the Commission believes should be made binding? Has the EU entered into bilateral or multilateral commitments to promote the non-binding recommendations? What is the cost of implementing the code in vessels and port facilities in the European Union?

(1)OJ L 129, 29.4.2004, p. 6.

Original language of question: ELOJ C 293, 05/12/2007
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