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19 August 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:37 GMT+2

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Italy and France want that the entire Mediterranean becomes a Emission Control Area

The objective is to engage all the Countries of the region to manage a specific proposal to introduce to the IMO

In occasion of the G7 reunion of the ministers of the Atmosphere that is in development to Metz, in France, Italian minister Sergio Costa and the homologous French François de Rugy they have decided to get ahead a combined initiative in order to obtain the declaration of an area ECA (to lowlands emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides) for the entire Mediterranean, to the aim of giving to a decisive contribution to the reduction of the deriving emissions in atmosphere the marine traffic and to prevent the consequent harmful impacts on the marine atmosphere and the health of the populations of the coastal areas.

The objective - it has explained the Italian ministry of the Atmosphere in a note - is to adopt to the next Conference of the Parts of the Convention of Barcelona on the protection of the marine atmosphere of the Mediterranean, than the next December will be carried out to Naples, a decision that engages all the Countries of the Mediterranean to manage a proposal of declaration of the Mediterranean which area Maritime ECA to introduce to the International Organization.

Coast has specified that this initiative must include adequate measures of support in order to allow a contemporary adaptation of the infrastructural and operating abilities to the marine enterprises that operate in Italy and the other Mediterranean Countries, so as to reach prepared when Area ECA is operating, presumablly within 2023.

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