Lehdistötiedote

Better prevention and handling of accidents at sea

Strasbourg
, 15.6.2017 - 12:46
Cargo Ship

An agreement was reached last night on improved digital registration and safety inspections for ferries and ships. The EPP Group warmly welcomes the compromise as it makes sea travel safer and significantly reduces administrative procedures by introducing a mandatory digital registration process. The EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar MEP said: “Europe is one of the safest places for ferry travel in the world. However, as we have seen with some accidents in recent years, there is still room for improvement. Authorities often have insufficient and slow access to actual passenger numbers and other specific information which is crucial for any search and rescue team.”

In the agreement on the registration of ship passengers, Member States and the European Parliament agreed on making the registration digital, easier and more comprehensive. Monteiro de Aguiar continued: “Under the new rules, passenger ships will have 15 minutes to upload crucial passenger information. Instead of handwritten registers, which are kept on board or at the ticketing office and which are difficult to find in cases of accidents, the information is kept in a national database. This allows, for example, the possibility to contact relatives quicker to provide first-hand information on the situation of their family members.”

With 400 million passengers passing through European ports every year, the importance of high standards of safety inspections is crucial. The agreement struck last night on more harmonised rules will give clearer guidance to maritime operators and national authorities. Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar concluded: “These measures will save time and money for business and passengers while continuing to ensure a high level of safety for passengers.”

Both agreements still have to be approved by the Council and the European Parliament to definitively adopt the rules. The Parliament vote is expected to take place in October.

Toimitusten tietoon
EPP-ryhmä on Euroopan parlamentin suurin poliittinen ryhmä, jolla on 216 jäsentä 27 jäsenmaasta

Meppien yhteystiedot

-
Cláudia MONTEIRO DE AGUIAR
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175458 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179458
Sähköposti: claudia.monteirodeaguiar@europarl.europa.eu

Lehdistöosaston yhteystiedot

Dirk Gotink
Dutch press
Phone: +32 488 46 53 43
EPP Group Plenary Report: Future of Europe, Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, Russian disinformation, renewable energy
18.1.2018 - 13:15

EPP Group Plenary Report: Future of Europe, Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, Russian disinformation, renewable energy

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs debated the Bulgarian EU Presidency’s priorities with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister...
Kids
18.1.2018 - 11:27

Cross-border divorces: focus on the interest of the child

“Besides placement in a foster family or care institution, judges should have the possibility to entrust a child to other members of the family...
EU - Russia
17.1.2018 - 15:10

Preventing Russian interference with European elections

“The great battle of disinformation is already happening and is being fought on digital platforms. But it's a battle we're already late...
Enlargement
17.1.2018 - 13:28

It’s either an ambitious Europe or no Europe at all

Speaking in plenary today during the debates with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Manfred Weber, Chairman...

Viikon kohokohdat

22.1.2018. - 26.1.2018.
Exhaust pipe

Car emission controls: ensuring Dieselgate doesn't happen again

The Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will approve on Tuesday the agreement on the new rules of type-approval and...
European Parliament

Composition of the European Parliament after Brexit

The Parliament has the right of initiative for a European Council decision on the allocation of seats in the EP for the next legislative period. On...
German Federal Police Test New Biometric Border Control

Improving exchange of non-EU nationals' criminal records

The extension of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) to third country nationals will be voted by the Committee on Civil...

Tapahtumat

Jan
31
31.1.2018 - 16:30

The Pan-European Personal Pension Product

To register for the event please contact epp-imco@europarl.europa.eu.
Photo of Santiago Fisas Ayxelá holding football ball