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European 'civil ensign' (The Netherlands)

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[Dutch European 'civil ensign'] by Jarig Bakker & António Martins

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European 'civil ensign': The Netherlands

While I was waiting for the bridge over the Kostverlorenvaart, Amsterdam, a small cruiser passed with a strange EU flag, which appeared to be one with the Dutch flag in the canton fimbriated white. With Antonio's gifs of the EU and NL flag I came up with this image.
Jarig Bakker, 16 Jun 2002

It has became more and more common to see ships hoisting what could be called a European civil ensign, made of the European Union flag with the national flag of one of the member countries in canton.
These civil ensigns have had until now no official status and should not replace the national civil ensign.
Such ensigns have been reported for Belgium, France, Germany (with also an 'ensign' of a different design), Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Ivan Sache, 17 Jan 2001