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09 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 10:37 GMT+2

June 30, 2020

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The president's term of Confitarma and all other confederal bodies

Demand to allow cruises between ports reiterated Italian flag ships registered in the Register International

Today, the Italian Confederation of Armatori (Confitarma) held their annual meeting in video conference deliberating unanimity in an extraordinary way, even in order to ensure the continuity of confederal bodies during Covid-19 emergency, to extend the duration of the mandate of the incumbent president and all other bodies Confederal. Subsequently, President Mario Mattioli Council, held before the meeting, announced that it had unanimously approved his proposal to appoint Mariella Amoretti and Lorenzo Matacena as vice-presidents of the Confederation. The assembly then unanimously approved council budget and report for the year 2019 that, given the contingent situation, is almost only on the issues created by the pandemic.

Referring to the problems caused by the health emergency and highlighting that Confitarma has solved many complex situations thanks to the good relationship with the institutions, Mattioli "This does not detract from the fact that we are deeply disappointed by the government's measures been virtually ignored, even though our ships have not never stopped to ensure the supply of health care, medicines, goods and energy, even with great sacrifices of our seafarers for many of whom it is not yet possible make the necessary crew changes. Of the ten measures Confitarma has requested from the government -- has denounced Mattioli - were only partially accepted those relating to the liquidity, which in fact complied with the rules for all together with the Solimare Fund. Nothing was planned for demand for the abolition of the 0.5% increase on Naspi and for the reduction of port costs."

"We trust - continued the President of Confitarma - that during the parliamentary process of conversion into law are at least the two priority measures are included at this time. I I am referring to the cost-free intervention for the treasury, to allow cruises between national ports to the Italian flag ships registered International Register and the request for a fund of at least 32 million to partially restore the turnover of all - I repeat all - companies with units registered in the First Register, with the mere exclusion of those used for fishing and towing port in concession.'

On the future prospects, "we don't know -- said Mattioli - what will change once the emergency has passed. Of sure -- he remarked -- nothing will be as before and When the emergency is over it will be a priority structured governance dedicated to our industry, focusing very much, indeed very much, on the necessary simplification of our Navigation Code, now dated, to ensure the competitiveness of our tricolor, especially depending on the opening of the International Register European flags'.

"However," concluded the President of Confitarma, "the pandemic taught us that the sense of belonging is fundamental to be able to actually face the challenges: the sense belonging to our country. But even more, we understood that the country's socio-economic recovery and the overcoming of this crisis can only happen if we all act together awakening a sense of community in our country and, with Italy's maritimeness.'

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