Assarmatori, the exemption from the EU ETS of sea routes operated under a public service contract is good
Messina: perplexity for the provision of mandatory contractual clauses on the transfer of costs from the owner to the operator of the ship
June 23, 2022
According to Assarmatori, however, yesterday's is a step important, but not sufficient, as a warning of the association 'the exemption introduced by Parliament European will have to be extended in the course of the following negotiations to all island trades and to ships operating within the Motorways of the Sea in order to prevent the risk of reverse modal shift from the sea to the road'.
"Now - said the president of Assarmatori, Stefano Messina - we expect the governments of the member countries accept this request in the negotiating position that will come defined by the Member States with a view to the Council of Ministers of the environment scheduled for 28 June and in subsequent negotiations interinstitutional with Parliament. It is in fact a essential measure to protect mobility and tourism local, and therefore territorial continuity, and preserve intermodality from the increase in costs arising from the ETS on the maritime transport'.
Assarmatori also expressed appreciation for the proposal of the European Parliament to allocate 75% of the proceeds deriving from from the ETS to the maritime transport sector to finance projects and investments to improve the energy efficiency of ships and ports, the adoption of technologies and infrastructures for the decarbonisation of the sector, including with regard to the short sea shipping and ports, seeking and development and adoption of alternative and sustainable fuels.
"However, we have strong doubts - he specified messina - on other changes approved in the position of the European Parliament, in particular as regards the timing of application of the ETS and the provision of clauses mandatory contracts on the transfer of costs from the owner to the operator of the vessel. We hope for these proposals are appropriately recalibrated in the course of the negotiations according to more realistic criteria and evaluating pragmatic solutions'.
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