Decision ID: 004092
At the April 2016 session, the Chairman of the 1992 Fund Executive Committee noted that the delegation of Spain had made a statement in respect of the Prestige incident indicating its view that the judgment by the Spanish Supreme Court was not inconsistent with the Conventions and to the extent that there were different views that delegation considered that the judgment had been misunderstood. The Chairman also noted that the delegation provided clarification on the nature and reasoning of the criminal and civil proceedings in the Spanish courts. This was supported by one delegation who emphasised the importance of recognising decisions of national courts. The Chairman however noted that a number of delegations shared the concerns expressed by the Director and the International Group and those delegations emphasised the importance of ensuring the effectiveness of the international regime, mindful that in this case it may be a question of interpretation rather than implementation of the convention.