Initiatives to increase EU pressure for binding IMO ship recycling code

The issue of ship recycling appears to be surfacing again on the European Union (EU) agenda, pushed notably by a Danish government initiative for the EU environment ministers to discuss and adopt later this month policy conclusions concerning environmentally friendly ship recycling.  

The Danish initiative, which aims at gathering EU support to put pressure on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop previously agreed guidelines on ship recycling into a mandatory code, has been discussed at EU Council working level over the last couple of weeks. The initiative has as its ultimate goal to gather support from fellow EU environment ministers for adopting EU Council conclusions at the Environment Council meeting to take place on 24 June 2005, just ahead of MEPC 53 where ship recycling will also be discussed. 

In a parallel initiative, Dutch Liberal Member of the European Parliament Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert will arrange for 21 June to be a European Parliament “debating day” on ship recycling. Unlike the discussions in the Council of Ministers, the parliament discussions on the 21st will not be part of a formal decision-making process, but it does illustrate how the issue of ship recycling is again surfacing on the EU agenda. 

Contact: Tim Wilkins