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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)

  Doru-Claudian Frunzulică (S&D), in writing. ‒ The International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea - HNS Convention - represents a relevant international legal instrument in terms of transport and environment. The ratification of the 2010 Protocol, which represents practically the ratification of the HNS Convention in its new form of 2010 is considered to be very important for the EU, as it provides for improved protection of the victims of damage in connection with the carriage of HNS by sea, but there are divisions in terms of the period in which that should be done and the terms that the Council established for it. In order for the Convention to enter into force, some Member States would like a swift ratification, while others are not yet ready to ratify.

I support a swift ratification of this Protocol, but Council should reconsider its position, and should see that it is not beneficial to create legal uncertainty and divisions between legal regimes in Member States in an issue that has so many cross-border implications.

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