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Wednesday, 8 June 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Ratification and accession to the 2010 Protocol to the Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention with the exception of aspects related to judicial cooperation in civil matters (A8-0191/2016 - Pavel Svoboda)

  Therese Comodini Cachia (PPE), in writing. ‒ I agree with putting strict liability of the ship-owner to be in possession of mandatory insurance to cover damages to third parties. This puts in place a right of direct recourse of persons suffering damages against the insurer, limitation of liability and, in the case of oil and hazardous and noxious substances, a special compensation fund that pays for damages when these exceed the liability limits of the ship-owner.

The ‘polluter pays’ principle and the principles of prevention and precaution to the effect that preventive action should be taken in case of possible environmental damage needs to be taken into account and falls squarely within the Union policy and general principles regarding the environment.

I agree with the removal of the permanent co-existence of two maritime liability regimes – a Union-based one and an international one – which would result in the fragmentation of Union legislation. The clear channelling of liability could save on lengthy and costly legal proceedings to the detriment of victims and the shipping industry.

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