Vote on Ship recycling:
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur
EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 26/03/2013 First transmission: 26/03/2013
MEPs of the ENVI Committee voted today on a legislative report by Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/European Free Alliance) on ship recycling, aiming to strengthen the EC proposal for a regulation on reducing the negative impact linked to the recycling of EU-flagged ships. This report aims also to include non-EU ships in the new regulation and to establish financial incentives for recycling facilities that meet proper standards. The main objective of this regulation is to prevent EU vessels to pose a health and environment risk when they are dismantled at the end of their service. Some ships are currently being scrapped in dangerous conditions in third countries. The draft legislative resolution was adopted by the committee with the following result: 62 MEPs voting, 60 votes in favour, 2 votes against.
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||Exterior shot, EP in Brussels
||Ambience shots during the voting session at the EP ENVI Committee
||Rapporteur Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE) voting, ambience shots during the vote on his report on ship recycling.
||Final vote on the amended draft resolution as a whole. Result: 62 MEPs voting, 60 votes in favour, 2 votes against.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur: "In 2015 a lot of ships will be scrapped because on other legislation on ballast tanks, and if we start negotiations now we have a good chance to make this operative before that date, so we don't have a last wave of illegally scrapped ships. I think its' important that we finish this as quickly as possible".
||End of the voting session (one shot)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur: "It's an awful form of ship breaking that we have today where workers are exposed to huge risks and environmental costs are put to the society rather where they should be, with the owner of the ship. And we have to deal with this problem because it is illegal today already. This financial mechanism will make it more profitable actually to make it the legal way. I think this is the only way to regulate this business, because there are so many loopholes, and it's global, and it's almost impossible to control... So we needed to make it financially viable to do it in the right way. Then people will do it in the right way hopefully".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur: "These old ships are carrying PCBs, asbestos, heavy metals, extremely toxic paints... so the whole list of worst chemicals will be on these ships. And we can help the workers by protecting them with this regulation".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur, on the EP changes to the initial Commission text: "We will have a stronger legal sanction if they do not comply with the regulation. Additionally we close loopholes, and thirdly, it will now be beneficial for owners to do it the legal way. With the Commission proposal they still had incentive to out-flag and to get round the rules. This is also a new era in a sense, because this will not lead to out-flagging, which is another benefit".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur, on the third countries industry used by EU ship owners to scrap their vessels and what will change: "It will be a global list, so they can also choose approved facilities that have good environmental labour standards elsewhere in the world that are cheaper than European ones. The levy will be compulsory for ships coming and the majority of the ships will pay an annual levy or a financial guarantee that will come back if they scrap it seriously. This will compel people to actually scrap it in a legal way where we protect environment and that will make a huge difference to the environment".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE), rapporteur: "We need to complete this file as soon as possible because in 2015 we will have a peak in the scrapping because of the new rules on ballast tanks in order to comply with that rule... Owner ships maybe will prefer to scrap it and have a new one then. So, if we have this legislation in place before, we will avoid a last wave of illegally scrapped ships".