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Recommendation for a COUNCIL DECISION authorising the opening of negotiations on behalf of the European Union at the Thirty-First Meeting of the Contracting Parties on the amendments to the Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (‘Bonn Agreement’) with regard to the accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement and with regard to the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement

COM/2019/378 final

Brussels, 30.8.2019

COM(2019) 378 final

Recommendation for a

COUNCIL DECISION

authorising the opening of negotiations on behalf of the European Union at the Thirty-First Meeting of the Contracting Parties on the amendments to the Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (‘Bonn Agreement’) with regard to the accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement and with regard to the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

1.CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL

Reasons for and objectives of the proposal

The present recommendation concerns the decision authorising the Union negotiator (in this case: the Commission) to negotiate the position on the Union's behalf in the context of the Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (‘Bonn Agreement’ or ‘the Agreement’) in connection with the envisaged adoption of two decisions at the upcoming Meeting of the Contracting Parties of the Bonn Agreement, namely

to facilitate the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement with a view to improving cooperation on surveillance in respect of the requirements of Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention (‘MARPOL amendment’), and

to enable the Accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement and to introduce the necessary consequential amendments to the Agreement (‘Spain amendment’).

1.1.The Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (the ‘Bonn Agreement’)

The Bonn Agreement aims to combat pollution in the North Sea Area and safeguard coastal areas from maritime disasters and chronic pollution from ships and offshore installations. The Agreement entered into force on 1 September 1989.

The European Union (then ‘European Economic Community’) is a Contracting Party to the Agreement (as amended) 1 . North Sea States of the European Union 2 together with Norway are also Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

The Agreement seeks to promote active cooperation and mutual assistance among coastal States and the European Union in combating pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances in order to protect the marine environment and the interests of coastal States. To that effect, the Agreement provides that Contracting Parties carry out surveillance as an aid to detecting and combating pollution and to preventing violations of anti-pollution regulations. The North Sea is divided into different zones where the responsibility for the surveillance and assessment of incidents is assigned to Contracting Parties. Contracting Parties are required to inform any other Contracting Party concerned of their becoming aware of the presence of oil or other harmful substances likely to constitute a serious threat to the coast or related interests of any other Contracting Party. Contracting Parties may require assistance to deal with pollution at sea or on their coasts, in which case the Contracting Parties called upon for help are required to use their best endeavours to bring such assistance as is within their power.

The Depositary of the Bonn Agreement is the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (Article 18(3) Bonn Agreement).

Contracting Parties make decisions with respect to the Agreement, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Bonn Agreement and the related Rules of Procedures; they are assisted by a Secretariat and subsidiary bodies (such as the Working Group on Operational, Technical and Scientific Questions Concerning Counter-Pollution Activities [OTSOPA]).

Pursuant to Article 16 of the Agreement, each Contracting Party may bring a proposal for the amendment of the Agreement or its Annex for the consideration and vote at a meeting of the Contracting Parties. Following the ad referendum adoption of the proposed amendment by unanimous vote of the Contracting Parties at a Meeting of the Contracting Parties, (Article 16(1) Bonn Agreement), the envisaged amendment is to be communicated to the Contracting Parties to be approved according to the internal procedure of each Contracting Party. The amendment enters into force after all Contracting Parties notify their approval to the Depositary.

Pursuant to Article 20 of the Agreement, the Contracting Parties may unanimously invite any other coastal State of the North East Atlantic area to accede to the Agreement (Article 20(1) Bonn Agreement). Article 2 of the Agreement and its Annex are to be amended as necessary. Once adopted unanimously by the Contracting Parties, the amendments to Article 2 and the Annex to the Agreement will take effect upon the entry into force of the Bonn Agreement for the acceding State (i.e. Spain), which will happen on the first day of the second month following the date of deposit by that State of its instrument of accession. (Article 20(2) Bonn Agreement).

1.2.The envisaged amendments to the Bonn Agreement

1.2.1.The ‘MARPOL amendment’- amending the substantive scope of the Agreement

The Contracting Parties to the Bonn Agreement are set to adopt, during their thirty-first meeting (8 to 10 October 2019) a decision under Article 16 of the Agreement, concerning the extension of the Agreement’s scope to also cover surveillance of ship-based air-pollution in respect of the requirements of Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention.

This amendment aims at improving cooperation and coordination between the Contracting Parties in combating unlawful air emissions caused by shipping in order to limit the negative consequences of the combustion of marine fuels with high sulphur or nitrogen content for human health, biodiversity and the entire marine environment. The Contracting Parties envisage to achieve the above through amending various provisions of the Bonn Agreement (Articles 1, 5, 6 and 15 thereof, as well as the title of the Agreement and the preamble thereto) so as to extend its scope of application to air pollution from ships as regulated under Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention.

1.2.2.The ‘Spain amendment’ – amending the geographical scope of the Agreement

The Contracting Parties are also envisaging amendments to the Agreement under Article 20 thereof, whereby the Kingdom of Spain is to be invited to accede to the Agreement. The envisaged amendment concerns Article 2 of the Agreement by specifying the Atlantic boundary of the North Sea area relevant for the purpose of the Agreement and the Annex thereto, while revising the boundaries of various zones of surveillance for the purpose of Article 6 of the Agreement.

More specifically, a new definition of the revised area covered by the Agreement is to be determined. France has accepted the introduction of a new zone of responsibility of France that is directly contiguous with the zone of joint responsibility of France and the United Kingdom. It covers the area between the zone of joint responsibility of France and the United Kingdom and the new zone of responsibility of Spain in order to close any gaps between the old boundary of the Bonn Agreement and the new zone of responsibility of Spain.

Consistency with existing policy provisions in the policy area

Proposed amendment on monitoring emissions from ships will contribute to the prevention of marine pollution at large and, in this way, will also support the EU climate action and EU’s commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The changes proposed are fully consistent with the broader objective of working towards a ‘Europe that protects’, which has guided the efforts of the Commission during the past years, and will continue to do so in the coming future. This proposal builds on the positive results the existing framework has delivered so far and intends to enhance efficient use of resources so as to strengthen coordination and cooperation of the Contracting Parties of the Bonn Agreement.

Consistency with other Union policies

The recommendation is consistent with other Union policies.

In particular it contributes to two of the ten political priorities set out by the Commission for the 2015-2019 period, namely the achievement of 'An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust' and the ‘A resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy’.

2.LEGAL BASIS, SUBSIDIARITY AND PROPORTIONALITY

2.1.Legal basis

2.1.1.Principles

The conclusion of an international agreement on behalf of the Union requires the involvement of both the Council and the European Parliament (Article 218(3)-(6) TFEU). Amendments to international agreements can be varying in degree, ranging from purely technical adaptations to substantive changes requiring important adaptations to the structure of the agreement. The characterisation of the amendment can have a bearing on the internal Union procedure to be applied in order to approve the amendment in question.

While in the case of purely technical amendments or those that can be adopted through ‘implementing acts’, simplified procedure can be applied (i.e. the ones set out in Article 218(7) and (9) TFEU), for substantive changes, as a matter of principle, the same procedure as for the conclusion of the international agreement must apply.

The amendment of the scope of an international agreement is to be considered, as a general rule, a substantive amendment, necessitating, thus, the application of the procedure as for its conclusion, i.e. Article 218(3)-(6) TFEU.

In order to open the procedure, the Council, based on the recommendation of the Commission, shall adopt a decision authorising the Union negotiator (depending on the subject matter, it can be either the Commission or the High Representative) to open negotiations with a view of having the amendments approved. This is provided for by Article 218(3) and (4) TFEU.

Article 218(3) and (4) TFEU provide as follows:

“3. The Commission, or the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy where the agreement envisaged relates exclusively or principally to the common foreign and security policy, shall submit recommendations to the Council, which shall adopt a decision authorising the opening of negotiations and, depending on the subject of the agreement envisaged, nominating the Union negotiator or the head of the Union's negotiating team.

4. The Council may address directives to the negotiator and designate a special committee in consultation with which the negotiations must be conducted.”

2.1.2.Application to the present case

In the case of the Bonn Agreement at the Meeting of 8-10 October 2019, the Contracting Parties are to decide on two amendments, one concerning the extension of the geographical scope (Spain amendment), and another amendment concerning the extension of the material scope (MARPOL amendment) of the Agreement. These are substantive amendments to be approved in accordance with the same procedure as would be required for the conclusion of the Bonn Agreement.

The Union is a Contracting Party to the Bonn Agreement. The envisaged amendments concern competences of the Union in the area of civil protection and environment.

In view of the nature of the competences involved, the Commission should recommend that the Council authorises it to negotiate concerning the envisaged amendments to the Bonn Agreement at the upcoming 31st Meeting of the Contracting Parties with a view to obtain approval of those amendments.

Both amendments, in their current draft status, directly contribute content-wise to the pursuit of relevant EU policy objectives. Therefore, the negotiating position of the Union should consist in supporting the approval of both amendments. The position of the Union being uncontroversial, it is not necessary to propose negotiating directives within the meaning of Article 218(4) TFEU.

The texts of the proposed draft amendments are to be annexed to the Commission recommendation.

Taking the above into account, the procedural legal basis for the recommended Council decision is Article 218(3) and (4) TFEU.

2.2.Conclusion

In view of the necessity to negotiate and endorse the amendments to the Bonn Agreement, a Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations on behalf of the European Union should be based on Article 218(3) and (4) TFEU as legal bases.

3.RESULTS OF EX-POST EVALUATIONS, STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

Ex-post evaluations/fitness checks of existing legislation

NA

Stakeholder consultations

NA

Both ammedments are non-contentious and all Contracting Parties, including all the individual Member States that are parties to the Agreement support them.

Collection and use of expertise

NA

Impact assessment

NA

Due to the political imperative to move ahead quickly in order for the EU, as a Contracting Party to the Bonn Agreement, to be able to negotiate and vote on the amendments to the Bonn Agreement at the Contracting Parties’ meeting on 8-10 October 2019 as well as to endorse them at the Ministerial Meeting on 11 October 2019, the formal impact assessment process has been waived. This proportionate approach is also justified because it is expected that the amendments to the Bonn Agreement will have only positive economic, social and environmental impacts.

Regulatory fitness and simplification

NA

Fundamental rights

NA 

The recommendation is consistent with the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

4.BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS

The amendment to the Bonn Agreement will have no negative impact on the budget of the Union.

5.OTHER ELEMENTS

Implementation plans and monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements

NA

Explanatory documents (for directives)

NA. See section below.

Detailed explanation of the specific provisions of the proposal

The sole substantive article of the proposal provides for the Council’s authorisation for the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the envisaged amendments to the Bonn Agreement concerning the material extension of the scope of the Agreement in relation to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, and the geographical extension of the Agreement in relation to the accession of Spain thereto. The Commission should support these amendments, even if they undergo minor changes during the negotiations.

The latest versions of the envisaged ammendments are presented in the Annexes to the Decision and can be summarised as follows:

The ‘MARPOL amendment’

The Contracting Parties to the Bonn Agreement seek to take advantage of the routines and systems for aerial monitoring of oil pollution established under the Agreement to expand those to include surveillance related to compliance monitoring of emissions from ships. By so doing, the Contracting Parties will be able to make the most out of the resources already used for aerial monitoring and surveillance for oil spills and form the basis for a holistic system for environmental monitoring of the North Sea and its approaches.

The adoption of the decision to propose to the Contracting Parties to approve the extension of the mandate of the Bonn Agreement in relation to Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention would improve joint surveillance, monitoring and reporting of ship emissions in the North Sea area. Such coordinated activity within the Agreement would contribute to lower the risks to the marine environment and the interests of coastal States and of the Union.

The ‘Spain amendment’

Bonn Agreement Contracting Parties meeting in 2018 unanimously supported the invitation of Spain to accede to the Bonn Agreement. The Contracting Parties highlighted that the inclusion of the Bay of Biscay would improve the setup of the Agreement, and that the Spanish work and expertise would be of great benefit for the Bonn Agreement and its Contracting Parties. They also appreciated the participation of Spain as an observer to the Bonn Agreement in the past and Spain’s reliable and valuable contributions to the work and success of the Agreement.

Accordingly, an invitation letter to Spain was sent on 30 October 2018. Spain replied on 21 November 2018 by affirming its wish to accede to the Bonn Agreement.

The accession of Spain will result in a new boundary that extends the area covered by the Agreement to the south. Accordingly, Article 2(c) and Part I of the Annex have to be rephrased. Part III of the Annex should be supplemented by the coordinates of the new zones of responsibility of France and Spain.

France and Spain met bilaterally in November/December 2018 to negotiate the coordinates of the new common boundary and zones of responsibility of both Contracting Parties. France has accepted the introduction of its new zone of responsibility that is directly contiguous with the zone of joint responsibility of France and the United Kingdom, closing any gaps between the old boundary of the Bonn Agreement and the new zone of responsibility of Spain. That is way the Bay of Biscay becomes a new important component of the area covered by the Agreement.

By including the Finisterre Traffic Separation Scheme into the area covered by the Bonn Agreement, the Contracting Parties make sure that the main traffic route in Europe connecting the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea is covered by a commonly coordinated preparedness and response management system.

It therefore appears from the above that the accession of Spain to the Bonn Agreement would directly benefit the cooperation among coastal States under the Bonn Agreement.

Recommendation for a

COUNCIL DECISION

authorising the opening of negotiations on behalf of the European Union at the Thirty-First Meeting of the Contracting Parties on the amendments to the Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (‘Bonn Agreement’) with regard to the accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement and with regard to the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 218(3) and (4) thereof,

Having regard to the recommendation from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)The Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (‘the Bonn Agreement’ or ‘the Agreement’) was concluded by the Union (then ‘European Economic Community’) by Council Decision 84/358/EEC of 28 June 1984 3 . The Agreement entered into force on 1 September 1989. The Agreement was amended in 1989; those amendments entered into force on 1 April 1994. The Union (then ‘European Economic Community’) approved those amendments by Council Decision 93/540/EEC of 18 October 1993 4 .

(2)Pursuant to Article 16 of the Agreement, a proposal by a Contracting Party for the amendment of the Agreement or its Annex is to be considered at a meeting of the Contracting Parties. Following adoption of the proposal by unanimous vote, the amendment shall be communicated by the Depositary Government to the Contracting Parties. Such an amendment is to enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date on which the Depositary Government has received notifications of approval from all Contracting Parties.

(3)Pursuant to Article 20 of the Agreement, the Contracting Parties to the Agreement may unanimously invite any other coastal State of the North East Atlantic area to accede to the Agreement. In such a case, Article 2 of the Agreement and its Annex are to be amended as necessary.

(4)The Contracting Parties to the Bonn Agreement, during their thirty-first meeting from 8 to 10 October 2019, are to adopt, by unanimity, a decision under Article 16 of the Agreement to adopt amendments facilitating the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement with a view to improving cooperation on surveillance in respect of the requirements of Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention, as well as the decision under Article 20 of the Agreement to enable the Accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement and to introduce the related amendments.

(5)As the Contracting Parties are to amend the geographical and material scope of the Agreement, it is appropriate for the Union to authorise the Commission, as the Union negotiator, to negotiate these amendments on behalf of the Union.

(6)The adoption of the decision to propose to the Contracting Parties to approve the extension of the mandate of the Bonn Agreement in relation to Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention would improve joint surveillance, monitoring and reporting of ship emissions in the North Sea area. Such coordinated activity within the Agreement would contribute to lower the risks to the marine environment and the interests of coastal States and of the Union.

(7)The accession of Spain would lead to the inclusion of the Bay of Biscay under the area covered by the Agreement; activities under the Agreement would also benefit from the work and expertise of Spain in this respect. Inclusion of the Finisterre Traffic Separation Scheme will mean that the main traffic route in Europe connecting the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea would be covered by a commonly coordinated preparedness and response management system. It appears therefore that the scope and effectiveness of the cooperation under the Agreement would be improved.

(8)In light of the above, the Union should therefore support the amendments to the Bonn Agreement, both concerning the material extension of the scope of the Agreement in relation to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, and concerning the geographical extension of the Agreement in relation to the accession of Spain.

(9)The Council should authorise the Commission to negotiate and express the support, on behalf of the Union, to adopt the envisaged amendments,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1.The Commission is hereby authorised to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the envisaged amendments to the Bonn Agreement concerning the material extension of the scope of the Agreement in relation to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, and the geographical extension of the Agreement in relation to the accession of Spain thereto.

2.The position to be taken on the Union's behalf at the Thirty-First Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Bonn Agreement shall be to support the amendments to the Agreement in line with the envisaged amendment texts annexed to this Decision.

3.Minor changes may be brought to the the envisaged amendment texts without calling into question the support of the Union thereto.

Article 2

This Decision is addressed to the Commission.

Done at Brussels,

   For the Council

   The President

(1)    Council Decision 84/358/EEC of 28 June 1984 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement for cooperation in dealing with pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances (OJ L 188, 16.7.1984, p.7). The Agreement was amended in 1989; those amendments entered into force on 1 April 1994. The European Economic Community approved those amendments by Council Decision 93/540/EEC of 18 October 1993 (OJ L 263, 22.10.1993, p.51).
(2)    Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (status of ratifications on 10.4.2019).
(3)    OJ L 188, 16.7.1984, p. 7.
(4)    OJ L 263, 22.10.1993, p.51.
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Brussels, 30.8.2019

COM(2019) 378 final

ANNEXES

to the

Recommendation for a Council Decision

authorising the opening of negotiations on behalf of the European Union at the Thirty-First Meeting of the Contracting Parties on the amendments to the Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (‘Bonn Agreement’) with regard to the accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement and with regard to the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement


ANNEX 1

Draft Decision of the Contracting Parties to the Bonn Agreement on the extension of the scope of application of the Agreement with a view to improving cooperation on surveillance in respect of the requirements of Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention

The Contracting Parties to the 1983 Agreement for Cooperation in dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (“the Agreement”),

Recalling Article 16 of the Agreement, which provides that one or more Contracting Parties may propose amendments to the Agreement and that these may be adopted by unanimous vote at a meeting of the Contracting Parties,

With the intention of ensuring that the Depository Government receives notifications of approval from all Contracting Parties as quickly as possible to permit the swift entry into force of such amendments as set out in Article 16(2) of the Agreement,

Aiming to improve cooperation and coordination between the Contracting States in combating unlawful air emissions caused by shipping in order to limit the negative consequences of the combustion of marine fuels with high sulphur or nitrogen content for human health, biodiversity and the entire marine environment,

adopt the following decision by unanimous vote:

Paragraph 1 – Amendment of the title of the Agreement

The title of the Agreement shall be amended to read as follows:

“Agreement for Cooperation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea area by Oil and Other Harmful Substances including Air Pollution caused by Shipping”

Paragraph 2 – Amendment of the preamble of the Agreement

The preamble of the Agreement shall be amended to read as follows:

“The Governments of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the European Economic Community 1 , 

Recognising that pollution of the sea by oil and other harmful substances as well as air pollution caused by shipping in the North Sea area may threaten the marine environment, biodiversity, human health and the corresponding interests of coastal States,

Noting that such types of pollution have many sources and that casualties and other incidents at sea are of great concern,

Convinced that an ability to combat such types of pollution as well as active co-operation and mutual assistance among States are necessary for the protection of their coasts and related interests,

Welcoming the progress that has already been achieved within the framework of the Agreement for Co-operation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil, signed at Bonn on 9 June 1969,

Wishing to develop further mutual assistance and co-operation in monitoring and combating the different types of pollution,

Have agreed as follows:”

Paragraph 3 – Amendment of Article 1

Article 1 shall be amended to read as follows:

“Article 1

This Agreement shall apply within the North Sea area, as defined in Article 2:

(1)whenever the presence or the prospective presence of oil or other harmful substances polluting or threatening to pollute the sea presents a grave and imminent danger to the coast or related interests of one or more Contracting Parties; or

(2)whenever the presence or the prospective presence of emissions caused by shipping within the meaning of Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention polluting or threatening to pollute the marine environment contributes to the eutrophication of the sea and threatens the health of people who live on the coast or of living things in the sea; and

(3)to surveillance conducted as an aid to detecting and combating pollution as set out in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article and to preventing violations of anti-pollution regulations.”

Paragraph 4 – Amendment of Article 5

Article 5 shall be amended to read as follows:

“Article 5

(1)Whenever a Contracting Party is aware of a casualty or the presence of oil or other harmful substances including ship emissions in the North Sea area likely to constitute a serious threat to the coast or related interests of any other Contracting Party, it shall inform that Party without delay through its competent authority.

(2)The Contracting Parties undertake to request the masters of all ships flying their flags and pilots of aircraft registered in their countries to report without delay through the channels which may be most practicable and adequate in the circumstances:

(a)all casualties causing or likely to cause pollution of the marine environment;

(b)the presence, nature and extent of oil or other harmful substances likely to constitute a serious threat to the coast or related interests of one or more Contracting Parties.

(3)The Contracting Parties shall make use of a standard form for the reporting of pollution as required under paragraph 1 of this Article.”

Paragraph 5 – Amendment of Article 6

Article 6 shall be amended to read as follows: 

“Article 6

(1)For the sole purpose of this Agreement the North Sea area is divided into the zones described in the Annex to this Agreement.

(2)The Contracting Party within whose zone a situation of the kind described in Article 1 paragraph 1 of this Agreement occurs, shall make the necessary assessments of the nature and extent of any casualty or, as the case may be, of the type and approximate quantity of oil or other harmful substances and the direction and speed of movement thereof.

(3)The Contracting Party concerned shall immediately inform all the other Contracting Parties through their competent authorities of its assessments and of any action which it has taken to deal with the oil or other harmful substances and shall keep these substances under observation as long as they are present in its zone.

(4)The obligations of the Contracting Parties under the provisions of this Article with respect to the zones of joint responsibility shall be the subject of special technical arrangements to be concluded between the Parties concerned. These arrangements shall be communicated to the other Contracting Parties.

Paragraph 6 – Amendment of Article 15

Article 15 shall be amended to read as follows: 

“Article 15

(1)The Contracting Parties shall make provision for the performance of secretariat duties in relation to this Agreement, taking into account existing arrangements in the framework of other international agreements on the prevention of pollution of the marine environment in force for the same region as this Agreement.

(2)Each Contracting Party shall contribute 2.5 % towards the annual expenditure of the Agreement. The balance of the Agreement's expenditure shall be divided among Contracting Parties other than the European Economic Community in proportion to their gross national product in accordance with the scale of assessment adopted regularly by the United Nations General Assembly. In no case shall the contribution of a Contracting Party to this balance exceed 20 % of the balance.”

Paragraph 7 – Entry into force

This decision shall enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date on which the Depository Government has received notifications of approval from all Contracting Parties.

ANNEX 2

Draft Decision by the Contracting Parties to the Bonn Agreement with regard to the Accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the Agreement

The Contracting Parties to the Agreement for Cooperation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances (“the Agreement”),

RECALLING Article 20 of the Agreement, which provides that the Contracting Parties may unanimously invite any other coastal State of the North East Atlantic area to accede to the Agreement, and that in such a case Article 2 of the Agreement and its Annex shall be amended as necessary,

HAVING EXPRESSED their unanimous intention to invite Spain to accede to the Agreement,

WELCOMING the wish of Spain to accede to the Agreement,

decide by unanimous vote that

Paragraph 1 - Invitation to Spain in accordance with Article 20

In accordance with Article 20, the Contracting Parties unanimously invite Spain to accede to the Bonn Agreement. With regard to this invitation, the following amendments to Article 2 and the Annex to this Agreement are adopted.

Paragraph 2 - Amendment of Article 2

Article 2 of the Agreement shall be amended so that it reads as follows:

“Article 2

For the purpose of this Agreement, the North Sea area means the area of sea comprising:

(a)the North Sea proper, southwards of latitude 61°0'00.00" N,

(b)the Skagerrak, the southern limit of which is determined east of the Skaw by the latitude 57°44'43.00" N,

(c)the Bay of Biscay, bounded on the south and west by the line defined in Part I of the Annex to this Agreement,

(d)the other waters, comprising the Irish Sea, the Celtic Sea, the Malin Sea, the Great Minch, the Little Minch, part of the Norwegian Sea, and parts of the North East Atlantic, bounded on the west and north by the line defined in Part II of the Annex to this Agreement.”

Paragraph 3  - Amendment of the Annex to the Agreement

The Annex to the Agreement shall be amended so that it reads as set out in the appendix to this decision.

Paragraph 4 - Entry into force

The amendments contained in this decision shall enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date of deposit by Spain of its instrument of accession to the Agreement.

Appendix

“ANNEX TO THE AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION IN DEALING WITH

POLLUTION OF THE NORTH SEA BY OIL AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES,

1983

Description of the Atlantic boundary of the North Sea area and of the zones referred to in Article 6 of this Agreement

The Atlantic boundary of the North Sea area

Part I: The line bounding the Bonn Agreement Area to the south and southwest

The line bounding the English Channel and its approaches to the southwest and the Bay of Biscay to the south and west shall be a line which:

(i)    commences at the western point of the coast of Spain 42° 30' 04.25" N 8° 52' 18.22" W;

(ii)    from that point, then follows the loxodromic line until the point 42° 30' 04.32" N 10° 24' 55.16" W;

(iii)    from that point, then follows the loxodromic line until the point 46° 00' 04.07" N 10° 24' 54.86" W;

(iv)    from that point, then follows the loxodromic line until the point 46° 00' 04.06" N 9° 59' 54.88" W;

(v)    from that point, then follows the line until the intersection between the parallel of latitude 48° 27' 00.00" N and the line (hereafter referred to as "the 1983 Bonn Agreement line") drawn 50 nautical miles west of a line joining the isle of Ushant and the Isles of Scilly;

(vi)    from that point of intersection, then follows the 1983 Bonn Agreement line northwards as far as its intersection with the line marking the boundary of the continental shelf between France and the United Kingdom, as defined in the arbitration decision of 30 June 1977;

(vii)    from that point of intersection, then follows the line of that boundary westwards as far as the point 48° 10' 00.00" N 9° 22' 15.91" W; and

(viii)    from that point, then follows the parallel of latitude 48° 10' 00.00" N westwards as far as the point 48° 10' 00.00" N 10° 0' 00.00" W.

Part II: The line bounding to the west and north of the other waters covered by the Agreement

The line bounding to the west and north of the other waters covered by the Agreement, comprising the Irish Sea, the Celtic Sea, the Malin Sea, the Great Minch, the Little Minch, part of the Norwegian sea and parts of the North East Atlantic, shall be a line which

(i)    commences at the point 48° 10' 00.00" N 0° 00' 00.00" W;

(ii)    from that point, then follows the western boundary of the Irish sea pollution responsibility zone (that is, a line which is at every point 200 nautical miles distant from the nearest point on the baselines established for the purposes of the Maritime Jurisdiction Acts, 1959 to 1988, of Ireland) as far as the point 56° 42' 00.00” N 14° 00' 00.00" W;

(iii)    from that point, then follows the western boundary of the zone established by the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution) (Limits) Regulations 1996 of the United Kingdom, as amended by the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution) (Limits) Regulations 1997 (that is, the lines joining the points listed in Table 1 below in the order in which they are listed) as far as the point 63°38'10.68" N 0°30'00.00" W; and

(iv)    from that point follows the parallel of latitude 63°38'10.68" N eastwards to the coast of Norway.

Table 1: Points and lines of the Western Boundary of the Zone established by The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution) (Limits) Regulations 1996 of the United Kingdom, as amended

Points as referred to in the United Kingdom Regulations, as amended, and their coordinates

Line segment between these points

27.    56° 42' 00.00" N    14° 0' 00.00" W

27-28 Meridian of Longitude

28.    56° 49' 00.00" N    14° 0' 00.00" W

28-29 Parallel of Latitude

29.    56° 49' 00.00" N    14° 30' 34.00" W

29-30 Arc measured 200 nautical miles from the relevant basepoints on St. Kilda from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured

30.    57° 52' 22.00" N    14° 53' 22.00" W

30-31 Arc measured 200 nautical miles from the relevant basepoints on St. Kilda from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured

31.    58°30' 00.00" N    14° 48' 58.00" W

31-32 Arc measured 200 nautical miles from the relevant basepoints on St. Kilda from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured

32.    59° 0' 00.00" N    14° 35' 07.00" W

32-33 Arc measured 200 nautical miles from the relevant basepoints on St. Kilda from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured

33.    59° 40' 54.00" N    13° 58' 10.00" W

33-34 Arc measured 200 nautical miles from the relevant basepoints on St. Kilda from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured

34.    59° 50' 00.00" N    13° 46' 24.00" W

34-35 Parallel of Latitude

35.    59° 50' 00.00" N    5° 0' 00.00" W

35-36 Meridian of Longitude

36.    60° 10' 00.00" N    5° 0' 00.00" W

36-37 Parallel of Latitude

37.    60° 10' 00.00" N    4° 48' 00.00" W

37-38 Meridian of Longitude

38.    60° 20' 00.00" N    4° 48' 00.00" W

38-39 Parallel of Latitude

39.    60° 20' 00.00" N    4° 24' 00.00" W

39-40 Meridian of Longitude

40.    60° 40' 00.00" N    4° 24' 00.00" W

40-41 Parallel of Latitude

41.    60° 40' 00.00" N    4° 0' 00.00" W

41-42 Meridian of Longitude

42.    61° 0' 00.00" N    4° 0' 00.00" W

42-43 Parallel of Latitude

43.    61° 0' 00.00" N    3° 36' 00.00" W

43-44 Meridian of Longitude

44.    61° 30' 00.00" N    3° 36' 00.00" W

44-45 Parallel of Latitude

45.    61° 30' 00.00" N    3° 0' 00.00" W

45-46 Meridian of Longitude

46.    61° 45' 00.00" N    3° 0' 00.00" W

46-47 Parallel of Latitude

47.    61° 45' 00.00" N    2° 48' 00.00" W

47-48 Meridian of Longitude

48.    62° 0' 00.00" N    2° 48' 00.00" W

48-49 Parallel of Latitude

49.    62° 0' 00.00" N    2° 0' 00.00" W

49-50 Meridian of Longitude

50.    62° 30' 00.00" N    2° 0' 00.00" W

50-51 Parallel of Latitude

51.    62° 30' 00.00" N    1° 36' 00.00" W

51-52 Meridian of Longitude

52.    62° 40' 00.00" N    1° 36' 00.00" W

52-53 Parallel of Latitude

53.    62° 40' 00.00" N    1° 0' 00.00" W

53-54 Meridian of Longitude

54.    63° 20' 00.00" N    1° 0' 00.00" W

54-55 Parallel of Latitude

55.    63° 20' 00.00" N    0° 30' 00.00" W

55-56 Meridian of Longitude

56.    63° 38' 10.68" N    0° 30' 00.00" W

Boundaries of Zones of Responsibility referred to in Article 6 of this Agreement

Part III:    Boundaries of the Zones of National Responsibility

(1)    General:     Where the limits of a zone of responsibility are specified by a series of lines joining the points in a list, the nature of those lines shall be the nature specified against each point as the nature of the line joining it to the following point.

(2)    Denmark: The zone of national responsibility of Denmark shall be limited by the following series of lines:

(a)    a line which begins at the intersection of the boundary of the zone of joint responsibility of Denmark and Germany as described in Part IV below with a line between the point 55° 10' 03.40" N 7° 33' 09.60" E and the first point DE1/DK1 and follows this line until the point DE1/DK1;

(b)    a series of lines joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

DK1    55° 30' 40.30" N    5° 45' 00.00" E

Geodesic

DE1

DK2    55° 15' 00.00" N    5° 24' 12.00" O

Geodesic

DE2

DK3    55° 15' 00.00" N    5° 9' 00.00" O

Geodesic

DE3

DK4    55° 24' 15.00" N    4° 45' 00.00" O

Geodesic

DE4

DK5    55° 46' 21.80" N    4° 15' 00.00" E

Geodesic

DE5

DK6    55° 55' 09.40" N    3° 21' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE6

DK7    56° 5' 12.00" N    3° 15' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK23, NO23

DK8    56° 35' 30.00" N    5° 2' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO24

DK9    57° 10' 30.00" N    6° 56' 12.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO25

DK10    57° 29' 54.00" N    7° 59' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO26

DK11    57° 37' 06.00" N    8° 27' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO27

DK12    57° 41' 48.00" N    8° 53' 18.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO28

DK13    57° 59' 18.00" N    9° 23' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO29

DK14    58° 15' 41.20" N    10° 1' 48.10" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO30, SE4

DK15    58° 8' 00.10" N    10° 32' 32.80" E

Geodesic

SE3

DK16    57° 49' 00.60" N    11° 2' 55.60" E

Geodesic

SE2

DK17    57° 44' 43.00" N    11° 7' 04.00" E

SE1

(3)    Germany: The zone of national responsibility of Germany shall be limited by the following series of lines:

(a)    a line which begins at the intersection of the boundary of the zone of joint responsibility of Denmark and Germany as described in Part IV below with a line between the point 55° 10' 03.40" N 7° 33' 09.60" E and the first point DE1/DK1 and follows this line until the point DE1/DK1;

(b)    a series of lines joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

DE1    55° 30' 40.30" N    5° 45' 00.00" E

Geodesic

DK1

DE2    55° 15' 00.00" N    5° 24' 12.00" E

Geodesic

DK2

DE3    55° 15' 00.00" N    5° 9' 00.00" E

Geodesic

DK3

DE4    55° 24' 15.00" N    4° 45' 00.00" E

Geodesic

DK4

DE5    55° 46' 21.80" N    4° 15' 00.00" E

Geodesic

DK5

DE6    55° 55' 09.40" N    3° 21' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK6

DE7    55° 50' 06.00" N    3° 24' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK24

DE8    55° 45' 54.00" N    3° 22' 13.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL19

DE9    55° 20' 00.00" N    4° 20' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL20

DE10    55° 0' 00.00" N    5° 0' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL21

DE11    54° 37' 12.00" N    5° 0' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL22

DE12    54° 11' 12.00" N    6° 0' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL23

DE13    53° 59' 56.80" N    6° 6' 28.20" E

NL24

(c)    landwards from point DE12, a line from that point towards point DE13 (that is the next agreed delimitation point 53° 59' 56.80" N 6° 6' 28.20" E) as far as the intersection of that line with the boundary of the zone of joint responsibility between the Netherlands and Germany described in Part IV below.

(4)    Ireland: The zone of national responsibility of Ireland shall be limited by the following series of lines:

(a)    to the north, a series of lines joining the points listed in Table 3 in the order in which they are listed;

(b)    to the west, the western boundary of the North Sea area;

(c)    to the east and to the south, a series of lines joining the points listed in Table 2 in the order in which they are listed.

(5)    The Netherlands: The zone of national responsibility of the Netherlands shall be limited to the south by the parallel of latitude 51°51' 52.1267" N, and to the north of this parallel of latitude by the following series of lines:

(a)    a series of lines joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

NL1        51° 51' 52.1267" N    2° 31' 48.0975" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK42

NL2        51° 59' 00.00" N    2° 37' 36.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK41

NL3        52° 1' 00.00" N    2° 39' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK40

NL4        52° 5' 18.00" N    2° 42' 12.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK39

NL5        52° 6' 00.00" N    2° 42' 54.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK38

NL6        52° 12’ 24.00" N    2° 50' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK37

NL7        52° 17' 24.00" N    2° 56' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK36

NL8        52° 25' 00.00" N    3° 3' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK35

NL9        52° 37' 18.00" N    3° 11' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK34

NL10        52° 47' 00.00" N    3° 12' 18.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK33

NL11        52° 53' 00.00" N    3° 10' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK32

NL12        53° 18' 06.00" N    3° 3' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK31

NL13        53° 28' 12.00" N    3° 1' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK30

NL14        53° 35' 06.00" N    2° 59' 18.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK29

NL15        53° 40' 06.00" N    2° 57' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK28

NL16        53° 57' 48.00" N    2° 52' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK27

NL17        54° 22' 48.00" N    2° 45' 48.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK26

NL18        54° 37' 18.00" N    2° 53' 54.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK25

NL19        55° 45' 54.00" N    3° 22' 13.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE8

NL20        55° 20' 00.00" N    4° 20' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE9

NL21        55° 0' 00.00" N    5° 0' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE10

NL22        54° 37' 12.00" N    5° 0' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE11

NL23        54° 11' 12.00" N    6° 0' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE12

NL24        53° 59' 56.80" N    6° 6' 28.20" E

DE13

(b)    landwards from point NL23, a line from that point towards point NL24 (that is the next agreed delimitation point 53° 59' 56.80" N 6° 6' 28.20" E) as far as the intersection of that line with the boundary of the zone of joint responsibility between the Netherlands and Germany described in Part IV below.

(6)    Norway: The zone of national responsibility of Norway shall be limited to the north by the parallel of latitude 63° 38' 10.68" N and to the west, south and east by the following series of lines:

(a)    a series of lines joining the points listed in Table 4 in the order in which they are listed;

(b)    southwards from the last point mentioned in that table, a series of lines which join the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

NO23    56° 5' 12.00" N    3° 15' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

UK23, DK7

NO24    56° 35' 30.00" N    5° 2' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK8

NO25    57° 10' 30.00" N    6° 56' 12.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK9

NO26    57° 29' 54.00" N    7° 59' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK10

NO27    57° 37' 06.00" N    8° 27' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK11

NO28    57° 41' 48.00" N    8° 53' 18.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK12

NO29    57° 59' 18.00" N    9° 23' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DK13

NO30    58° 15' 41.20" N    10° 1' 48.10" E (point A)

Arc of Great Circle

SE4, DK14

NO31    58° 30' 41.20" N    10° 8' 46.90" E (point B)

Arc of Great Circle

SE5

NO32    58° 45' 41.30" N    10° 35' 40.00" E (point C)

Loxodrome

SE6

NO33    58° 53' 34.00" N    10° 38' 25.00" E (point D)

SE7

(c)    then a line following the Norwegian-Swedish border.

(7)    Sweden: The zone of national responsibility of Sweden shall be limited to the south by the parallel of latitude 57° 44' 43.00" N, and to the north of this parallel of latitude by a series of lines

(a) joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zones

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

SE1    57° 44' 43.00" N    11° 7' 04.00" E

Geodesic

DK17

SE2    57° 49' 00.60" N    11° 2' 55.60" E

Geodesic

DK16

SE3    58° 8' 00.10" N    10° 32' 32.80" E

Geodesic

DK15

SE4    58° 15' 41.20" N    10° 1' 48.10" E (point A)

Arc of Great Circle

DK14, NO30

SE5    58° 30' 41.20" N    10° 8' 46.90" E (point B)

Arc of Great Circle

NO31

SE6    58° 45' 41.30" N    10° 35' 40.00" E (point C)

Loxodrome

NO32

SE7    58° 53' 34.00" N    10° 38' 25.00" E (point D)

NO33

(b)    then a line following the Swedish-Norwegian border.

(8)    United Kingdom: The zone of national responsibility of the United Kingdom shall be limited

(a)    to the east, by a series of lines comprising:

(i)    a series of lines joining the points listed in Table 4 in the order in which they are listed;

(ii)    a series of lines joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

UK23    56° 5' 12.00" N    3° 15' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO23, DK7

UK24    55° 50' 06.00" N    3° 24' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

DE7

UK25    54° 37' 18.00" N    2° 53' 54.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL18

UK26    54° 22' 48.00" N    2° 45' 48.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL17

UK27    53° 57' 48.00" N    2° 52' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL16

UK28    53° 40' 06.00" N    2° 57' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL15

UK29    53° 35' 06.00" N    2° 59' 18.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL14

UK30    53° 28' 12.00" N    3° 1' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL13

UK31    53° 18' 06.00" N    3° 3' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL12

UK32    52° 53' 00.00" N    3° 10' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL11

UK33    52° 47' 00.00" N    3° 12' 18.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL10

UK34    52° 37' 18.00" N    3° 11' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL9

UK35    52° 25' 00.00" N    3° 3' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL8

UK36    52° 17' 24.00" N    2° 56' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL7

UK37    52° 12' 24.00" N    2° 50' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL6

UK38    52° 6' 00.00" N    2° 42' 54.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL5

UK39    52° 5' 18.00" N    2° 42' 12.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL4

UK40    52° 1' 00.00" N    2° 39' 30.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL3

UK41    51° 59' 00.00" N    2° 37' 36.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL2

UK42    51° 51' 52.1267" N    2° 31' 48.0975" E

Arc of Great Circle

NL1

(b)    to the south and west, by the following series of lines:

(i)    a line commencing at the westernmost point of the Isles of Scilly, and joining that point to the point 49° 52' 00.00" N 7° 44' 00.00" W;

(ii)    from that point, a line following the 1983 Bonn Agreement line (as defined in Part I above) southwards to its intersection with the boundary of the continental shelf between France and the United Kingdom as defined in the arbitration decision of 30 June 1977;

(iii)    from that point of intersection, the line of that boundary westwards as far as the point 48° 10' 00.00" N 9° 22' 15.91" W; and

(iv)    from that point, a series of lines joining the points listed in Table 2 in the order in which they are listed to the outer limit of the territorial sea adjacent to Northern Ireland at the point 54° 0' 00.00" N 05° 36' 20.00" W;

(c)    to the west and north, by the following series of lines:

(i)    a line joining the point in the territorial sea adjacent to Northern Ireland nearest to the point 55° 31' 13.36" N 6° 45' 00.00" W with that point;

(ii)    from that point, a series of lines joining the points listed in Table 3 in the order in which they are listed as far as the point 56° 42' 00.00” N 14° 00' 00.00" W;

(iii)    from that point, a line which follows the western and northern boundaries of the North Sea area as far as the point 63° 38' 10.68” N 0° 30' 00.00" W.

Table 2: Points and Lines of the Boundary between the Responsibility Zones of Ireland and the United Kingdom – East and South

Points defining the boundary of the zones

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

IR1/UK50    48° 10' 00.00" N    10° 0' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR2/UK51    48° 20' 00.00" N    10° 0' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR3/UK52    48° 20' 00.00" N    9° 48' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR4/UK53    48° 30' 00.00" N    9° 48' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR5/UK54    48° 30' 00.00" N    9° 36' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR6/UK55    48° 50' 00.00" N    9° 36' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR7/UK56    48° 50' 00.00" N    9° 24' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR8/UK57    49° 0' 00.00" N    9° 24' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR9/UK58    49° 0' 00.00" N    9° 17' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR10/UK59    49° 10' 00.00" N    9° 17' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR11/UK60    49° 10' 00.00" N    9° 12' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR12/UK61    49° 20' 00.00" N    9° 12' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR13/UK62    49° 20' 00.00" N    9° 3' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR14/UK63    49° 30' 00.00" N    9° 3' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR15/UK64    49° 30' 00.00" N    8° 54' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR16/UK65    49° 40' 00.00" N    8° 54' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR17/UK66    49° 40' 00.00" N    8° 45' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR18/UK67    49° 50' 00.00" N    8° 45' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR19/UK68    49° 50' 00.00" N    8° 36' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR20/UK69    50° 0' 00.00" N    8° 36' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR21/UK70    50° 0' 00.00" N    8° 24' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR22/UK71    50° 10' 00.00" N    8° 24' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR23/UK72    50° 10' 00.00" N    8° 12' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR24/UK73    50° 20' 00.00" N    8° 12' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR25/UK74    50° 20' 00.00" N    8° 0' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR26/UK75    50° 30' 00.00" N    8° 0' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR27/UK76    50° 30' 00.00" N    7° 36' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR28/UK77    50° 40' 00.00" N    7° 36' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR29/UK78    50° 40' 00.00" N    7° 12' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR30/UK79    50° 50' 00.00" N    7° 12' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR31/UK80    50° 50' 00.00" N    7° 3' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR32/UK81    51° 0' 00.00" N    7° 3' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR33/UK82    51° 0' 00.00" N    6° 48' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR34/UK83    51° 10' 00.00" N    6° 48' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR35/UK84    51° 10' 00.00" N    6° 42' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR36/UK85    51° 20' 00.00" N    6° 42' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR37/UK86    51° 20' 00.00" N    6° 33' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR38/UK87    51° 30' 00.00" N    6° 33' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR39/UK88    51° 30' 00.00" N    6° 18' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR40/UK89    51° 40' 00.00" N    6° 18' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR41/UK90    51° 40' 00.00" N    6° 6' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR42/UK91    51° 50' 00.00" N    6° 6' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR43/UK92    51° 50' 00.00" N    6° 0' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR44/UK93    51° 54' 00.00" N    6° 0' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR45/UK94    51° 54' 00.00" N    5° 57' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR46/UK95    51° 58' 00.00" N    5° 57' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR47/UK96    51° 58' 00.00" N    5° 54' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR48/UK97    52° 0' 00.00" N    5° 54' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR49/UK98    52° 0' 00.00" N    5° 50' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR50/UK99    52° 4' 00.00" N    5° 50' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR51/UK100    52° 4' 00.00" N    5° 46' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR52/UK101    52° 8' 00.00" N    5° 46' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR53/UK102    52° 8' 00.00" N    5° 42' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR54/UK103    52° 12' 00.00" N    5° 42' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR55/UK104    52° 12' 00.00" N    5° 39' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR56/UK105    52° 16' 00.00" N    5° 39' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR57/UK106    52° 16' 00.00" N    5° 35' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR58/UK107    52° 24' 00.00" N    5° 35' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR59/UK108    52° 24' 00.00" N    5° 22' 48.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR60/UK109    52° 32' 00.00" N    5° 22' 48.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR61/UK110    52° 32' 00.00" N    5° 28' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR62/UK111    52° 44' 00.00" N    5° 28' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR63/UK112    52° 44' 00.00" N    5° 24' 30.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR64/UK113    52° 52' 00.00" N    5° 24' 30.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR65/UK114    52° 52' 00.00" N    5° 22' 30.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR66/UK115    52° 59' 00.00" N    5° 22' 30.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR67/UK116    52° 59' 00.00" N    5° 19' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR68/UK117    53° 9' 00.00" N    5° 19' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR69/UK118    53° 9' 00.00" N    5° 20' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR70/UK119    53° 26' 00.00" N    5° 20' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR71/UK120    53° 26' 00.00" N    5° 19' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR72/UK121    53° 32' 00.00" N    5° 19' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR73/UK122    53° 32' 00.00" N    5° 17' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR74/UK123    53° 39' 00.00" N    5° 17' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR75/UK124    53° 39' 00.00" N    5° 16' 20.40" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR76/UK125    53° 42' 08.40" N    5° 16' 20.40" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR77/UK126    53° 42' 08.40" N    5° 17' 51.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR78/UK127    53° 44' 24.00" N    5° 17' 51.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR79/UK128    53° 44' 24.00" N    5° 19' 19.80" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR80/UK129    53° 45' 48.00" N    5° 19' 19.80" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR81/UK130    53° 45' 48.00" N    5° 22' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR82/UK131    53° 46' 00.00" N    5° 22' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR83/UK132    53° 46' 00.00" N    5° 19' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR84/UK133    53° 59' 56.95" N    5° 19' 00.00" W

Table 3: Points and Lines of the Boundary between the Responsibility Zones of Ireland and the United Kingdom – North

Points defining the boundary of the zones

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

IR85/UK134    55° 31' 13.36" N    6° 45' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR86/UK135    55° 28' 00.00" N    6° 45' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR87/UK136    55° 28' 00.00" N    6° 48' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR88/UK137    55° 30' 00.00" N    6° 48' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR89/UK138    55° 30' 00.00" N    6° 51' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR90/UK139    55° 35' 00.00" N    6° 51' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR91/UK140    55° 35' 00.00" N    6° 57' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR92/UK141    55° 40' 00.00" N    6° 57' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR93/UK142    55° 40' 00.00" N    7° 2' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR94/UK143    55° 45' 00.00" N    7° 2' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR95/UK144    55° 45' 00.00" N    7° 8' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR96/UK145    55° 50' 00.00" N    7° 8' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR97/UK146    55° 50' 00.00" N    7° 15' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR98/UK147    55° 55' 00.00" N    7° 15' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR99/UK148    55° 55' 00.00" N    7° 23' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR100/UK149    56° 0' 00.00" N    7° 23' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR101/UK150    56° 0' 00.00" N    8° 13' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR102/UK151    56° 5' 00.00" N    8° 13' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR103/UK152    56° 5' 00.00" N    8° 39' 30.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR104/UK153    56° 10' 00.00" N    8° 39' 30.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR105/UK154    56° 10' 00.00" N    9° 7' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR106/UK155    56° 21' 30.00" N    9° 7' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR107/UK156    56° 21' 30.00" N    10° 30' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR108/UK157    56° 32' 30.00" N    10° 30' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR109/UK158    56° 32' 30.00" N    12° 12' 00.00" W

Meridian of Longitude

IR110/UK159    56° 42' 00.00" N    12° 12' 00.00" W

Parallel of Latitude

IR111/UK160    56° 42' 00.00" N    14° 0' 00.00" W

Table 4: Points and Lines of the Boundary between the Responsibility Zones of Norway and the United Kingdom

Points defining the boundary of the zones

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

NO1/UK1    63° 38' 10.68" N    0° 10' 59.31" W

Geodesic

NO2/UK2    63° 03' 20.71" N    0° 28' 12.51" E

Geodesic

NO3/UK3    62° 58' 21.06" N    0° 33' 31.01" E

Geodesic

NO4/UK4    62° 53' 29.49" N    0° 38' 27.91" E

Geodesic

NO5/UK5    62° 44' 16.31" N    0° 47' 27.69" E

Geodesic

NO6/UK6    62° 39' 57.99" N    0° 51' 29.48" E

Geodesic

NO7/UK7    62° 36' 20.75" N    0° 54' 44.78" E

Geodesic

NO8/UK8    62° 32' 47.29" N    0° 57' 48.32" E

Geodesic

NO9/UK9    62° 30' 09.83" N    1° 0' 05.92" E

Geodesic

NO10/UK10    62° 27' 32.82" N    1° 2' 17.70" E

Geodesic

NO11/UK11    62° 24' 56.68" N    1° 4' 25.86" E

Geodesic

NO12/UK12    62° 22' 21.00" N    1° 6' 28.21" E

Geodesic

NO13/UK13    62° 19' 40.72" N    1° 8' 30.96" E

Geodesic

NO14/UK14    62° 16' 43.93" N    1° 10' 40.66" E

Geodesic

NO15/UK15    61° 44' 12.00" N    1° 33' 13.44" E

Geodesic

NO16/UK16    61° 44' 12.00" N    1° 33' 36.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO17/UK17    61° 21' 24.00" N    1° 47' 24.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO18/UK18    59° 53' 48.00" N    2° 4' 36.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO19/UK19    59° 17' 24.00" N    1° 42' 42.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO20/UK20    58° 25' 48.00" N    1° 29' 00.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO21/UK21    57° 54' 18.00" N    1° 57' 54.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO22/UK22    56° 35' 42.00" N    2° 36' 48.00" E

Arc of Great Circle

NO23/UK23    56° 5' 12.00" N        3° 15' 00.00" E



(9)    France: The zone of national responsibility of France shall be limited, from North to South, by a series of lines joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

FR01    48° 19' 56.52" N    4° 46' 23.67" W

Loxodrome

FR02    48° 27' 00.00" N    5° 08' 23.63" W

Parallel of Latitude

FR03    48° 27' 00.00" N    6° 34' 40.90" W

Loxodrome

FR04    46° 00' 04.06" N    9° 59' 54.88" W

Loxodrome

SP4

FR05    45° 00' 04.04" N    7° 59' 55.08" W

Loxodrome

SP5

FR06    44° 20' 03.93" N    3° 59' 55.37" W

Loxodrome

SP6

FR07    43° 23' 20.71" N    1° 46' 13.58" W

Loxodrome

SP7

FR08    43° 22' 50.11" N    1° 47' 11.18" W

SP8

(10)    Spain: The zone of national responsibility of Spain shall be limited, by a series of lines joining the following points in the order in which they are listed:

Points defining the boundary of the zone

Nature of the line joining a point to the following point

Other points with the same coordinates

SP1    42º 30’ 04.25”N    008º 52’ 18.22” W

Loxodrome

SP2    42º 30’ 04.32” N    010º 24’ 55.16” W

Loxodrome

SP3    46º 00’ 04.07” N    010º 24’ 54.86” W

Loxodrome

SP4    46º 00’ 04.06” N    009º 59’ 54.88” W

Loxodrome

FR4

SP5    45° 00' 04.04" N    007° 59' 55.08" W

Loxodrome

FR5

SP6    44° 20' 03.93" N    003° 59' 55.37" W

Loxodrome

FR6

SP7    43° 23' 20.71" N    001° 46' 13.58" W

Loxodrome

FR7

SP8    43° 22' 50.11" N    001° 47' 11.18" W

FR8

Part IV:     Boundaries of the Zones of Joint Responsibility

The zones of joint responsibility shall be as follows:

1.    Zone of Joint Responsibility of Belgium, France, the Netherlands and United Kingdom

The sea area between the parallels of latitude 51°51' 52.1267" N and 51° 6' 00.00"N.

2.    Zone of Joint Responsibility of France and United Kingdom

The English Channel south-west of the parallel of latitude 51° 32' 00.00" N to a line which:

(a)    commences at the westernmost point of the Isles of Scilly, and joins that point with the point 49°52'00.00"N 7° 44' 00.00" W;

(b)    from that point, follows a line drawn 50 nautical miles west of a line joining the Isles of Scilly and the isle of Ushant southwards to its intersection with the parallel of latitude 48° 27' 00.00" N, and;

(c)    follows that parallel of latitude eastwards to the southernmost point of the isle of Ushant.

3.    Zone of Joint Responsibility of Denmark and Germany

The sea area bounded by:

(a)    to the south, the parallel of latitude 54° 30' 00.00" N westwards from the coast of Germany;

(b)    to the west, the meridian of longitude 6° 30' 00.00" E;

(c)    to the north, the parallel of latitude 55° 50' 00.00" N westwards from the coast of Denmark; and

(d)    to the east, the low water line (based on Chart Datum Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)) , including the Wadden sea area.

4.    Zone of Joint Responsibility of Germany and the Netherlands

The sea area bounded by:

(a)    to the west, the meridian of longitude 6° 0' 00.00" E (ED50) northwards from the coast of the Netherlands;

(b)    to the north, the parallel of latitude 54° 0' 00.00" N (ED50);

(c)    to the east, the meridian of longitude 7° 15' 00.00" E (ED50), northwards from the coast of Germany; and

(d)    to the south, the low water line (based on Chart Datum Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)), including the Wadden sea area.

Part V: Interpretation

The positions of the points referred to in this Annex shall be determined according to the European Geodesic System (1950 version).”

(1)    Note of the depositary:
By dint of the Treaty of Maastricht, signed on 7 February 1992, the European Economic Community was renamed the European Community (EC) with effect from 1 November 1993.

In accordance with Article 1 (3) of the Treaty on European Union, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Union replaced and succeeded the European Community. Therefore, since 1 December 2009, the European Union has to be considered a Contracting Party to the Bonn Agreement and to all international treaties to which the European Community was a Contracting Party.
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