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Parliamentary questions
23 July 2009
P-3722/09
WRITTEN QUESTION by Corien Wortmann-Kool (PPE) to the Commission

 Subject: Historic sailing ships at sea
 Answer(s) 

For some time, there have been problems with the recognition of historic sailing ships at sea. Now, on 2 April 2009, a complaint about this has been submitted to the Commission by the professional organisation BBZ.

Meanwhile, on 18 May, a survey by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek was presented to the Lower House of the Netherlands Parliament analysing the problem of certification of seagoing sailing ships. This survey concluded, inter alia, that it could not be regarded as proportionate to impose the SOLAS requirement on historic seagoing sailing ships. It is also argued that if Member States impose a requirement, it must be non-discriminatory and proportionate, in accordance with EU rules, and thus must apply not only to Dutch vessels but to all European historic seagoing sailing ships.

1. Does the Commission accept the conclusions of this survey?

2. Does the Commission agree that a measure which applies to vessels from other Member States should also apply to vessels from the Member State itself, assuming that it is proportionate in the first place?

3. The Commission has announced that the category of historic seagoing sailing ships will be included in the evaluation of Directive 89/18/EC(1). When does the Commission expect to complete this evaluation?

Another solution would be — in line with sailing ships sailing on inland waters (Chapter 15a) — to add a separate chapter to the European safety rules containing a separate set of rules for seagoing sailing ships which are mainly propelled by non-mechanical means, irrespective of whether they operate commercially or non-commercially.

4. Will the Commission — in line with Chapter 15a concerning the operation of seagoing sailing ships on inland waters — draft a comparable set of safety rules applicable, so that the problem can be solved throughout Europe?

5. Will the Commission consider the complaint by the professional organisation BBZ without delay?

(1)OJ L 144, 15.5.1998, p. 1.

Original language of question: NLOJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
OJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
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