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September 16, 2019

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To the European industry of shipping the relation on the directive on the taxation of produced energetic like little or the nothing

Dorsman (ECSA): we consider that this directive would have to be used as means for the transition towards the decarbonizzazione of the transports

Besides an appreciation, practically "due", to the initiative to under investigation resume the European directive on the taxation of the energetic produced ones, the main European associations that represent the shipowning field not are satisfied of the outcome of the appraisal of the norm currently in vigor that is illustrated in the report on the directive on October 27, 2003 published from the EU commission past thursday.

Evidently it they are not also because to they judgment the analysis does not recognize the great challenges that the marine industry is found to face. And moreover this happens in a topical moment for the field in consideration of the next effectiveness, on January 1°, 2020, of the modifications to attached YOU of Maritime the Marpol convention of the International Organization (IMO) that they limit to 0.5% the sulfur tenor in the used fuel oil from the ships. Real carried out an historical one that the industry of the shipping seems prepared to face, but that - the main fear of the companies of the section is this - the pressure could increase on a field already strongly which put a great strain on from the requirement to compress more and more the costs in order to tackle to the demands for markets to which a by now not enough more shipping "only total".

Practically the associations of the field, that is the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) that it represents national the shipowning associations of the EU and Norway, the CLIA Europe, the European section of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) that it represents the marine companies of the crocieristico field, the Interferry, the international association of the field of the ferries, and the European Dredging Association (EuDA), to which the European societies of dredging and the relative organizations are under responsibility, practically only agree with the reliefs of the relation on two aspects, as they specify in a note of comment to the document: "that this directive must be dawned and can be seen as means in order to allow the transition towards an economy with emissions zero" and because the relation recognizes that "any fiscal regime for fuel to marine use, if established to international level - law in the document - probably it would not be eluded with a transfer of the activities of bunkeraggio towards nations in which not there are taxes on the fuel or they are inferior". This last observation receives how much for a long time the shipowning associations demand to the European Union.

For the nothing remainder or almost of the relation it seems to satisfy the organizations European of the shipping. In particular, ECSA, CLIA Europe, Interferry and EuDA evidence that "the current directive does not preview parity of treatment of the energetic supplies for the industry of the shipping, so hindering the investments and the adoption of technologies more cleaned as the electricity distributed from the nets terrestrial electrical workers, the fuel cells, the methanol, etc. ". Disparity that considers not has been mail in relief from the relation.

The four associations support "a technologically neutral approach rather. In consideration of the total nature of the field and the importance to more go towards a marine transport more green through the use of technologies cleaned to the aim to assure that the environmental objectives are achieved - ECSA specify, CLIA Europe, Interferry and EuDA - a directive EU in matter of taxation of the energetic produced ones would have to preview a wide and obligatory detassazione for all the energetic, for example combustible carriers and enclosed electricity that Shore-side. This level of parity of conditions - the four associations support - would contribute to overwhelm the difference of costs between the heavy fuel oil (that it is the used fuel more from the ships, ndr) and alternative fuel and the electricity".

"We - the general secretary of the ECSA, Martin Dorsman has explained - consider absolutely that the taxation of the energetic produced ones would have to be used in order to allow the transition towards the decarbonizzazione of the transports being stimulated the alternative fuel adoption with lowlands or nothing carbon emissions and in order to remove the disparities in the taxation of the energetic produced ones. The taxation - it has evidenced Dorsman - has an important impact on the competitiveness of the prices of alternative fuel and therefore in order to create parity conditions it would have to be adopted a neutral approach under the technological profile. The disparities of taxation of the energetic produced ones relatively to the distribution of electricity to the ships from the terrestrial nets and to the employed energy would have to be taken in consideration in order to produce alternative fuel. It is a sin - it has observed the general secretary of the association of the European shipowners - than our far-sighted approach, that it is resumed also by the European Parliament in its relationship of October 2018 on "the development of infrastructures for alternative fuel in the EU", not rediscounts sufficiently in the report. Draft - it has emphasized Dorsman - of a concrete proposal on as to make of the directive an instrument in order to ulteriorly encourage the use of alternative fuel and electricity to the aim to facilitate the decarbonizzazione of the marine transport of Europe".

Between the demands for ECSA, CLIA Europe, Interferry and EuDA times to an update of the directive that does not penalize the marine transport is also that to confirm the tax-free fuel and lubricants present in the current directive on the taxation of the energetic produced ones that - the four organizations specify - "reflect the international norms and are essential so that the marine companies of the EU on the same level compete of the European shipowners and suppliers, so as recognized from Considering the 23 of the current directive", motivation that it recites: "the obligations international enforced and the maintenance of the competitive position of the communitarian enterprises are profitable opportune to maintain the exemptions for the destined energetic produced ones to the air navigation and marine, excluded the yachting, while it would have to be possible for the Member States to limit such exemptions".

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