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Parliamentary questions
26 June 2007
H-0509/07
ORAL QUESTION for Question Time at the part-session in July 2007 pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure by Georgios Toussas to the Commission

 Subject: Environmental disaster off Santorini caused by the shipwreck of the 'Sea Diamond'
 Answer 

While the sinking on 5 April 2007 of the cruise ship, the 'Sea Diamond', off the coast of Santorini continues to cause havoc to the marine environment in the region, the shipping company, Hellenic Louis Cruises, with the backing of the Ministry of Mercantile Marine, is refusing to pump out the crude oil, diesel, lubricants and other toxic liquids flowing from the ship's tanks into the marine environment. The measures taken by the competent Ministry of Mercantile Marine, which continues to impose fines on the shipping company, are ineffective because the marine environment of the island continues to be devastated. This deliberate stalling − an act of collusion between Hellenic Louis Cruises and the Ministry of Mercantile Marine − has provoked outrage among the inhabitants of Santorini at the environmental devastation of the area.

How does the Commission intend to help implement the proposals put forward by organisations on Santorini and in the wider region which call for the immediate emptying of the ship's tanks of oil, lubricants and toxic liquids, for the raising of the cruise ship, the 'Sea Diamond', and the restoration of the marine environment of the island?

Original language of question: EL
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