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Parliamentary questions
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27 May 2020
P-003202/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Caroline Nagtegaal (Renew), José Ramón Bauzá Díaz (Renew)
 Subject: The need for coordinated EU action to implement the IMO framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

The current global pandemic has severely disrupted the process of crew reliefs on ships, leading to health and safety issues on board and increasing the chances of fatigue-related accidents (1) . While the initiatives taken by the Commission and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are to be welcomed, more concerted efforts must be made at EU level between Member States and third countries in order to ensure proper coordination.

1. Further to its own guidance (2) and the IMO protocols (3) , could the Commission provide an update on what actions have been taken, including in conjunction with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Member States via diplomatic missions, to establish safe ship crew changes and travel both within the EU and between Europe and the other key regions worldwide?

2. Will the Commission devise a concrete action plan for establishing safe seafarer corridors in order to ensure swift and safe ship crew changes and travel within the EU and between the EU and third countries? How would it ensure that such a plan is implemented properly by the Member States?

3. The issuance of Schengen visas is crucial to ensuring that crew changes can resume. What action is the Commission taking to ensure that seafarers can be admitted onto EU Schengen territory for the purposes of joining their ships or repatriation?

(1)https://www.nieuwsbladtransport.nl/scheepvaart/2020/05/14/corona-zeevarende-raakt-fysiek-en-mentaal-uitgeput/?utm_source=ntemail&utm_medium=nieuwsbrief&utm_campaign=ntemail
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/legislation/c20203100.pdf
(3)http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Documents/COVID%20CL%204204%20adds/Circular%20Letter%20No.4204-Add.14%20-%20Coronavirus%20(Covid-19)%20-%20Recommended%20Framework%20Of%20Protocols.pdf
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