Positions of Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom

Positions of Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom

30 May 2013

The Dutch Minister of Security and Justice has asked the governments of Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom to comment on their intentions to ratify the Rotterdam Rules.

In a letter dated 29 May 2013, the Dutch Minister writes to Parliament that Belgium indicated not to be at the forefront of the ratification process. France is not busy with ratification at the moment, due to controversies between the involved parties. Germany also does not have any specific plans to ratify the Rotterdam Rules. Germany states as reason that the country recently renewed its maritime laws based on the Visby rules. The United Kingdom noted that a Working Group of parties representing the British maritime industry was formed to advice the UK government with regard to ratification of the Rotterdam Rules. However, these representatives could not reach consensus. The UK will await the international developments and wait for other large maritime and trade nations will ratify the Rotterdam Rules.

For the complete letter of the Minister in the Dutch language, please click on below link.