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substitute; Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (2004-09-15--2009-07-13)3
"( ) The European Commission has initiated breach-of-treaty proceedings against Slovakia on the grounds that certain owners of ships sailing under the Slovak flag are using the services of Bulgarian and Turkish classification companies. The Commission has yet to include these in their list of recognised classification companies. The problem affects twenty maritime ships sailing under the Slovak flag. The ships are owned by foreign companies registered in a variety of countries. At the end of the day, however, it is Slovakia that will have to pay SKK 480 million in penalties. The contracts with the companies concerned were entered into before EU accession and were of a long-term nature. Last November a new Directive came into force, binding Member States to recognise only those companies that have been accepted by the European Union. Slovakia has asked the European Union to recognise the Bulgarian classification registry. I believe that Slovakia will do its best to remedy the situation as soon as possible. For this reason I would like to ask the Commission not to act precipitously."@en1
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