Europa, la EMSA y los Ingleses

Todo muy bonito pero…,

Ayer en Europa, todos de acuerdo en endurecer las sanciones contra los vertidos. La criminalización y detención de Capitanes y tripulantes ya era una realidad, ahora con la nueva ley, dicen que no sólo se perseguirá a los marinos, sino tambien al resto de la cadena.

Pero, la decisión de crear un Coastguard Europeo donde la EMSA es la primera piedra, ha encontrado la oposición de algunos Estados, no los mencionan pero el LLodyslist de hoy se hace eco de que los ingleses lideran la revuelta.

Las dos partes:

Resumen de la intervención en el Europarlamento

In the near future, ship-source discharges of polluting substances committed with intent, recklessly or by serious negligence will be regarded as criminal offences. Parliament voted strongly in favour of an agreement, reached last week at an informal trilogue between Parliament and Council delegations on the common position regarding pollution from ships. Until now, Council had been reluctant to accept such Parliament’s proposals, arguing that criminal sanctions were a competence of the Member States.

All the 13 compromise amendments were adopted following the agreement with Council. Criminal sanctions could, in the most serious cases, even include imprisonment or heavy fines. The new directive will be supplemented by detailed rules on criminal offences and sanctions in order to strengthen the legal framework for the enforcement of the law against ship-source pollution. Under the new law, all those responsible in the pollution chain could be prosecuted, not only captain and crew.

Another success for the EP Delegation was the agreement on the setting up of a European coastguard, opposed by some Member States. The Commission will now undertake a feasibility study on the coastguard dedicated to pollution prevention and response, making clear the costs and benefits. This study should be followed by a proposal on a coastguard by 2006. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will assist.

Finally a compromise amendment was adopted setting out a number of tasks for the EMSA regarding this directive. It is intended that the EMSA would work with the Member States in developing technical solutions and providing technical assistance in relation to this directive, such as tracing discharges by satellite monitoring and surveillance. The agency should assist the Commission in implementation, including visits to Member States if appropriate.Texto Completo

Lo que opinan los pérfidos Británicos, Noticia publicada en el LLoydslist de hoy:

BRITAIN and at least six other European Union members will firmly quash any attempt to form a European coastguard, UK government sources confirmed yesterday, writes David Osler.

The MEP in question, Corien Wortmann-Kool of the Netherlands, yesterday issued a press release stating: “The [European] Commission will now undertake a feasibility study on the coastguard … This study should be followed by a proposal on a coastguard by 2006.”

But a Department for Transport official in London insisted that such a study did not commit the Council of Ministers to going ahead with the idea.

“An EU coastguard is not going to happen,” he stated categorically.

Such a step would either duplicate the work of existing national coastguards, or else remove their powers to an EU agency.

Britain does not find either course acceptable.

At least six other members concur on this, although protocol prevents him from naming them, he said.

Part of the problem appears to be that different countries have different ideas about the legimate scope of coastguard activity.

Although it had been agreed to carry out a feasibility study, this step was by way of a carrot to the parliament for its agreement to the ship-source pollution directive, he suggested.

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