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Protect Med ports from EU environmental taxes

2023-12-04T12:45:55.623Z

Highlights: Protect Med ports from EU environmental taxes. Salvini: "The maritime transport sector is strategic for the entire EU" Italy is concerned that the extension of the European greenhousegas emission allowance trading system to the maritime sector could have negative effects on some Mediterranean ports such as Gioia Tauro in the southern Calabria region. "North African ports are not subject to the new European(carbon) tax and could steal a large part of the traffic from the port," says port authority president.


New green taxes affecting Mediterranean ports damage maritime transport and European Union (EU) competitiveness, Deputy Premier and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday. © ANSA


(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 4 - New green taxes affectingMediterranean ports damage maritime transport and European Union(EU) competitiveness, Deputy Premier and Transport andInfrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday.
   "The maritime transport sector is strategic for the entire EU,"Salvini told the EU Transport Council in Brussels, adding:"Together with the Mediterranean countries we will ask forattention to be given to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) andnew taxes that do not help the environment but damage maritimetransport and EU competitiveness".
   Italy is concerned that the extension of the European greenhousegas emission allowance trading system to the maritime sectorcould have negative effects on some Mediterranean ports such asGioia Tauro in the southern Calabria region due to potentiallyunfavourable competition from north African ports where the taxdoes not apply.
   On the ETS, Salvini said "we need to be careful to safeguard ourmaritime industry".
   Last month it emerged that the EU was considering a measure toprotect Gioia Tauro from unfavourable competition as aconsequence of ETS by extending payment of the green tax toshipowners that decide to call at North African ports if theirfinal destination is within the bloc.
   "The implementation phase of the ETS directive could presentenormous problems for the future of the port of Gioia Tauro dueto the possible competition from the North African ports ofTangier and Port Said," said European Parliament vice presidentand MEP for the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) Pina Piciernoafter a meeting with European Commission Vice-President MarosSefcovic.
   In its present formulation the directive could threaten "4,500workers, of whom 2,000 dockers and 2,500 linked to the alliedinfrastructure industries," added the president of the GioiaTauro port authority, Andrea Agostinelli.
   "North African ports are not subject to the new European(carbon) tax and could steal a large part of the traffic fromthe port" in Calabria, which currently handles "over 3.5 millioncontainers per year", said Agostinelli. (ANSA).

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