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March 25, 2020

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Assarmatori asks the government to declare the status of natural disaster also for maritime transport

Messina: without compensatory interventions in a short time is the survival of shipping companies operating on cabotage, the Highways of the Sea and in the connections Islands

Assarmatori asks the government that even in the maritime transport, like the air, the covid-19 epidemic is recognized as a natural disaster and an event Article 107, paragraph 2, letter b), of the Treaty on the operation of the European Union. The request Italian shipping association, as well as the president of the Council, Giuseppe Conte, and the Ministers of Infrastructure and Transport, Economic Development, Economy and Assets Cultural, it has also been advanced to the presidents of the Regions Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio, Sardinia, Campania, Calabria, Sicily, Puglia, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

In particular, Assarmatori urged the government to extend "to companies in the maritime sector today beneficiaries of the planned devices Art. 57 of the Dpcm 17 March 2020 but still affected epidemiological emergency, liquidity support measures Through the guarantee mechanisms provided by art. 57 of the Dpcm 17 March 2020, No 18, ensuring that credit procedures, with equal urgency, adopt the procedures the actual delivery of the financial instruments covered there necessary to support the business continuity of the moratoriums on financial reports in place so that the use of new financial required lines of credit do not cause default to contractual commitments made previously.'

"There is no time to waste -- pointed out the president of Assarmatori, Stefano Messina - without intervention compensation in a short time, survival is at risk Italian shipping companies operating on the sea highways and connections to the islands."

In the letter sent to the country's highest institutions, The shipping association highlighted how, after the measures government and Regions to prevent contagion between Italian citizens, the passenger segment of maritime transport has effectively wiped out its revenues but continues to ensure connections so as not to disrupt the supply of goods Vital. "But it is precisely the combined effect of the fall vertical, current and prospective, of trades and therefore of revenues with the proper maintenance of the services - explained Assarmatori - is sliding all the companies in the industry to the point not to return. And from these companies you can't expect to long that the burden of guaranteeing services is borne without a adequate state aid.'

Remembering that the government, with the decree "Cura Italia" March 17, at art. 79 has set up a Fund for Interventions air transport specifics, Assarmatori specified that Similar measures and mechanisms should also be provided for the maritime sector "taking into account that it is the whole current coacervo of cabotage and liaison services islands to be for this purpose, for the reasons declined above, considered public service in its entirety, given that only With the full operation of the system, it can now be continuity to the logistics and distribution system and, after the crisis, enabling the recovery to develop, particularly in the tourism sector of which this system is an element essential.'

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