ADVANCES ON EUROPEAN TBT REGULATIONS

Discussion on a draft regulation regarding TBT based anti-fouling systems recently took place in the Council’s Transport working group and the Parliament’s Transport Committee. The former agreed on the draft Regulation with some amendment and there were no further comments from the latter. There will now be a vote on the Regulation during the Parliament’s plenary meeting on 18 November.

It has previously been noted in the INTERTANKO Weekly NEWS that the European Commission is proposing to legislate on TBT based anti-fouling systems and that this will mean the enforcement of the IMO target dates for a ban on application after 1 January 2003 and a complete ban by 1 January 2008. Discussion on this regulation recently took place in the Council’s Transport Working Group and the Parliament’s Transport Committee, demonstrating Brussels’ commitment in enacting this proposal.

 

The Council Transport Working Group agreed on the draft Regulation with some amendment, although this primarily concerned the time taken for the Regulation to enter into force. The working group suggested that this should be three months after publication in the Official Journal and no later than 1 July 2003.

 

No further comments were received when the Regulation was presented to the Parliament’s Transport Committee. There will now be a vote on the Regulation during the Parliament’s plenary meeting on 18 November. Verification of the text and the legal language will then be required, taking up to 8 weeks. It is likely that the Regulation will therefore be published at the end of January and enter into force by the end of April 2003.

 

Contact: Tim Wilkins, e-mail: tim.wilkins@intertanko.com