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Commission wary of MEPs' liability demands

The European Commission has given only partial backing to European parliament demands for changes to the EU's environmental liability directive. The council of ministers has already rebuffed MEPs over the issue, meaning conciliation talks must now be held to finalise the law (EED 21/01/04). In an opinion adopted on 26 January, the Commission rejects two of parliament's four amendments: one that would delete a provision allowing limited liability for shipowners in accordance with international agreements, the other to require the Commission to propose a harmonised compulsory financial guarantee under certain circumstances. See opinion.

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