European Parliament recognizes crucial role of commercial operators and a Special Shipping Fund

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The Hellenic Shipowners’ Association (EEU) welcomes the position adopted by the Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, regarding the revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) under the “Fit for 55” legislative package.

The European Parliament has taken an important step in addressing the concerns of European shipping, in particular by acknowledging the catalytic role of commercial operators in shipping and its carbonization, in line with the “polluter pays” principle and the need to set up a specialist shipping fund. .

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The report provides for the inclusion of a binding clause in the contracts between shipowners and their commercial operators, ensuring fair treatment for small and medium-sized private shipping companies, which are the backbone of European shipping.

Following the results of the vote in the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament, the President of the EEE, Ms. Melina Travlou, stated: “The” polluter pays “principle is a cornerstone of EU environmental legislation. A necessary condition for the correct and effective implementation of this position is that the commercial operator becomes responsible for compliance with this Directive and is accountable In any case, the application of this principle can not be traded, it is an indisputable environmental obligation and should be binding on all stakeholders to ensure the carbonization of be a common goal of all those involved in the shipping chain. ”

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In addition, the European Parliament’s ENVI Commission report promotes a special fund for shipping, where at least 75% of shipping rights revenue to the EU ETS will be invested in its coal mining.

Greek shipowners, committed to a more “green shipping” position, will continue to work constructively with all parties involved in this legislative process to achieve ambitious and achievable environmental goals.

Source: Capital

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