Minstekrav til sjøfolks opplæringsnivå: anerkjennelse av Det forente kongerike

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Kommisjonens gjennomføringsbeslutning (EU) 2022/1973 av 11. oktober 2022 om anerkjennelse av Det forente kongerike i henhold til direktiv (EU) 2022/993 med hensyn til systemet for opplæring og sertifisering av sjøfolk

Commission Implementing Decision of (EU) 2022/1973 of 11 Ovtober 2022 on the recognition of the United Kingdom pursuant to Directive (EU) 2022/993 as regards the system for training and certification of seafarers

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Kommisjonsbeslutning publisert i EU-tidende 18.10.2022

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(1) In accordance with Article 20 of Directive (EU) 2022/993, Member States are allowed to recognise, by endorsement, seafarers' appropriate certificates of competency or proficiency issued by third countries, provided that the third country concerned is recognised by the Commission. Those third countries are to meet all the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 ('STCW Convention').

(2) After the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, the recognition by a Member State of United Kingdom’s certificates issued to seafarers is subject to the conditions set out in Article 20 of Directive (EU) 2022/993.

(3) By letters of 1 January 2021, Denmark, Ireland, Malta and the Netherlands, by letter of 4 January 2021, Germany, by letter of 12 January 2021, Norway, and by letters of 19 January 2021, Bulgaria and Cyprus, requested the Commission to recognise the United Kingdom. By its Implementing Decision C(2021) 1553 of 26.03.2021 to initiate the assessment of the United Kingdom training and certification system for seafarers for the purposes of recognition in accordance with Directive 2008/106/EC, the Commission initiated the assessment of the training and certification system in the United Kingdom in order to verify that the United Kingdom meets all the requirements of the STCW Convention and that the appropriate measures have been taken to prevent fraud involving certificates.

(4) The assessment was based on the results of a fact finding inspection carried out by the European Maritime Safety Agency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inspection was initiated remotely between 1 and 11 June 2021 and was completed with the customary fieldwork on site conducted between 11 and 15 October 2021. It identified several areas that needed to be addressed by the United Kingdom’s authorities, including shortcomings related to the requirements for certification, the revalidation of certificates of competency and the training facilities. In January 2022, the United Kingdom’s authorities submitted a voluntary corrective action plan addressing the identified shortcomings.

(5) Based on the results of the inspection, on the voluntary corrective action plan submitted by the United Kingdom, and on all available information, the Commission has concluded that the United Kingdom’s authorities have taken measures to ensure the compliance of the United Kingdom’s system for training and certification of seafarers with the requirements of the STCW Convention. The Commission has also concluded that appropriate measures have been taken to prevent fraud involving certificates.

(6) Member States have been provided with a report on the results of the assessment.

(7) It is therefore appropriate to recognise the United Kingdom for the purposes of Article 20 of Directive (EU) 2022/993.

(8) The measure provided for in this Decision is in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships,

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