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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)

  Marlene Mizzi (S&D), in writing. ‒ I have voted in favour of the report because, as today, there is nothing under the Environmental Liability Directive to provide for compensation of victims in excess of the limits of the ship owner’s liability. Furthermore, the existing legal framework in the EU lacks a mandatory insurance requirement, whereas the Convention specifically establishes this obligation for ship owners coupled with a right of claimants for direct action against the insurer. I believe it is in the interest of the Union as a whole to have a homogenous liability regime applicable to environmental damage arising from the carriage of HNS at sea, which can only be achieved if Parliament’s recommendations are duly considered by the Council and the Commission. I believe that report should not be seen as an impediment to the establishment of a uniform liability regime, but as an effort to ensure that this is done in the most effective and fair fashion, without impairing the uniformity, integrity and effectiveness of common rules of EU law and without creating excessive disparity for the victims of pollution (e.g. coastal communities, fishermen, etc.) and the shipping industry.

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