Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union
1. The Commission proposes to amend Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 on Common Rules and Standards for Ship Inspection and Survey Organisations (the Regulation) to resolve legal uncertainty that will be created by the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union in relation to the continued validity of the EU level recognition for ship inspection and survey organisations for which the United Kingdom acts as the ‘sponsor’ Member State.
2. Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 and Directive 2009/15/EC provide the legislative regulatory framework for ship inspection and survey organisations ("Recognised Organisations" or "ROs" ) in the EU. If a Member State wishes to authorise an organisation to carry out inspections and surveys on its behalf in relation to statutory certificates for compliance with specified international maritime conventions, it has to entrust these duties to a Recognised Organisation.
3. The Regulation lays down criteria and obligations which an RO must meet in order to obtain and maintain its EU recognition, provides for the periodic assessment of ROs by both Member States and the Commission respectively, and sets down a system of penalties in case of non-compliance.
4. To continue to be recognised in the EU, ROs must continue to meet the requirements in Regulation (EC) 391/2009, including the minimum criteria set out in Annex I of the Regulation. Article 8(1) of the Regulation requires ship inspection and survey organisations recognised in the EU to be assessed at least every two years by the Commission together with the ‘sponsor’ Member State.