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Thursday, December 14, 2017

POSSIBLE POLITICAL IMPACT OF THE IEVOLI SUN ON THE EU PROCESSES

The French Transport Minister has said publicly that there should be some restrictions placed on vessels carrying hazardous cargoes leaving European ports in extreme weather conditions.

The type of vessel, cargo, environmental conditions and procedure have yet to be defined. INTERTANKO believes that as a basis for discussion it is not unreasonable to explore this idea. However, it is a complicated matter and needs careful consideration. The EU Commissioner, Loyola De Palacio has made a commitment to evaluate it and ascertain what options - if any - are available consistent with EU principles.   

In any case such a proposal would have to be discussed at the meeting of the Council of Transport Ministers on 22 December. It is at this meeting that we expect so-called "political agreement" on the three proposals of the first Erika package and where ministers for the first time will also have the second Erika-package presented to them.