The Parliament has voted in second reading on
the draft directive on environmental liability. Amendments on
compulsory insurance and shipowners’ liability make a
conciliation procedure likely.
During their second reading on 16 December 2003, MEPs
adopted only four amendments on the Council’s common
position on environmental liability. The majority of the
amendments adopted within the Legal Affairs Committee at
the beginning of this month did not go through (See
MEPs want to oblige the Commission to submit proposals
within 5 years for a harmonised compulsory financial
guarantee for water and soil damage if no appropriate
instruments or markets for insurance have been established.
Species and natural habitats would be covered in a further
two years by this compulsory financial guarantee.
They have also introduced a way to oblige ship operators
to take responsibility for damage caused to coastlines by
oil spills or other accidents.