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13 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 00:08 GMT+2

June 24, 2022

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ESPO calls for the establishment of the EU ETS exchange system emission allowances outlined by the European Parliament

Ryckbost: Additional needs refinements, but now all the useful elements for a solution I'm on the table

The Association of European Ports welcomed the Thursday's vote of the European Parliament which, defining the its position on the EU ETS allowance trading system issuance of the European Union, included the sector of the Shipping. In particular, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) appreciated the fact that the position of the Parliament should include the allocation of resources for investments for both ports and the shipping industry.

Noting, moreover, that, in order for a regional ETS in the EU is effective and in line with the 'polluter' principle pay", it is necessary to avoid at all costs the carbon leakage through the redirection of ships outside the scope of the EU ETS, the association has highlighted that if this does not come addressed in the final text of the legislation, the ETS does not would succeed in effectively reducing emissions from ships while having a negative impact on activity of European ports.

ESPO has therefore expressed particular appreciation for the measures taken by the European Parliament that make it less convenient for ships to change course, not to call at EU ports or adopt other evasive conduct to avoid incurring the payment of costs under the EU ETS. According to the association, therefore, the position of the European Parliament is a good one basis for dealing with the problem of the relocation of carbon and economic activity emissions and specifications preventive measures taken should therefore be included in the final ETS to be agreed by the EU Parliament with the Member States. ESPO has therefore invited States to within the Council of the European Union to take carefully in examining Parliament's position and addressing the problem of relocation of emissions and companies in the context of the general approach to be agreed next Tuesday.

Urging the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to accept this invitation, Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary-General of ESPO, noted that for the final definition of the EU ETS "further refinement may be needed, but - he specified - now all the useful elements for a solution are on the table."

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