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EU: Coastguard Service

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals for a European Union coastguard service; whether such proposals would involve a transfer of competence to the European Union; what would be the effect on the United Kingdom coastguard service of such proposals; and whether agreement to such proposals would be made by qualified majority voting or unanimity.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

A European Coastguard Service is not a concept that the UK would support. Her Majesty's Coastguard has a long and proud history and has a worldwide reputation for excellence.

As part of the proposed revisions to the European Maritime Safety Agency's (EMSA) founding regulations, the European Commission has proposed doing a feasibility study into a European Coastguard system. The proposed regulation has not yet been agreed and is currently being considered.

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