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1996/0281(SYN) Maritime safety: registration of persons sailing on board passenger ships

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN WATTS Mark Francis (icon: PES PES)
Former Responsible Committee TRAN WATTS Mark Francis (icon: PES PES)
Former Committee Opinion BUDG
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
EC before Amsterdam E 084-p2

Events

1998/07/02
   Final act published in Official Journal
1998/06/18
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
1998/06/18
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
1998/06/18
   CSL - Council Meeting
1998/04/22
   EC - Commission opinion on Parliament's position at 2nd reading
1998/03/11
   EP - Text adopted by Parliament, 2nd reading
1998/03/11
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 2nd reading
Documents
1998/03/10
   EP - Debate in Parliament
Details

Recalling the full horror of the Estonia tragedy in 1994, the rapporteur insisted that the Commission’s proposal should be improved through Parliament’s amendments. As a result, he called for the directive to be applied to all undersea railway tunnels, including those for the transport of vehicles by rail over distances in excess of 20 miles (such as the Channel Tunnel). He pointed out in this respect that, during the Channel Tunnel fire in 1996, the rescue efforts of the fire services had been hampered by the lack of precise information about the number of passengers travelling on board the train. Finally, Mr Watts drew the Commissioner’s attention to a recent study in the Which magazine which contained a worrying list of safety alerts on ferries throughout the Community, particularly in the Mediterranean. Commissioner Kinnock indicated that the Commission would continue its efforts to ensure that passenger safety on board ferries was as high as possible. The Commissioner rejected Amendments Nos 1, 2 and 3 which did not take into account the progress made in terms of safety. He also rejected Amendments Nos 6 and 8 which were superfluous given Articles 8 and 9 of the common position on the transmission of information. Finally, Mr Kinnock rejected Amendments Nos 4, 5 and 7 which aimed to extend the registration of passengers to undersea railway tunnels as, in his opinion, with regard to the Channel Tunnel for example, it was more appropriate for Channel Tunnel safety to be governed by the bilateral regulations agreed between the United Kingdom and France than by Community action.

1998/02/25
   EP - Committee recommendation tabled for plenary, 2nd reading
1998/02/25
   EP - Vote in committee, 2nd reading
1998/02/25
   EP - Committee recommendation tabled for plenary, 2nd reading
Documents
1998/02/12
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
1998/01/06
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
1997/12/18
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 2nd reading
1997/12/11
   CSL - Council position
1997/12/11
   EC - Commission communication on Council's position
1997/12/11
   CSL - Council position published
Documents
1997/12/10
   CSL - Council Meeting
1997/07/23
   EC - Modified legislative proposal
1997/07/23
   EC - Modified legislative proposal published
1997/06/17
   CSL - Council Meeting
1997/05/29
   EP - Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
1997/05/29
   EP - Debate in Parliament
Details

The rapporteur stressed the need to impose on shipping companies the obligation to register every passenger. The benefits of such a measure in terms of improving safety far outweighed all the administrative arguments against this. Among the key amendments tabled, Mr Watts highlighted the one which provided for immediate information on passengers, namely on the ship’s departure and not an hour later (the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster occurred 22 minutes after sailing). Finally, according to the rapporteur, the directive in question should apply to both the Channel Tunnel and all journeys in excess of two hours. Commissioner Kinnock said that he could accept Amendments Nos 8, first part, 9 and 12 which recommended increased flexibility in order to cope with specific situations. However, he was against Amendments Nos 5, 7 and 10 which attempted to impose a registration system on motor cars using railway shuttles as this fell outside the scope of this maritime directive. For similar reasons relating to the directive’s aim, the Commission could not accept Amendments Nos 1 to 4 or Amendments Nos 6 and 11.

1997/05/29
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Documents
1997/04/23
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
1997/04/14
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
1997/04/14
   EP - Vote in committee
1997/04/14
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
1997/04/09
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
1997/03/20
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
1997/03/06
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
1997/01/29
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
1996/11/25
   EC - Legislative proposal
1996/11/25
   EC - Legislative proposal published
1996/10/28
   EP - WATTS Mark Francis (PES) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
1996/10/28
   EP - WATTS Mark Francis (PES) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
1996/09/26
   all - Additional information

Documents

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