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19 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:43 GMT+2

August 18, 2020

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Confitarma, well the rules for the shipping sector included In the August Decree

Mattioli: We will closely monitor the process of converting the Measure

Commenting on the publication in "Official Journal" Decree-Law No.104 containing urgent measures for support and boosting the economy to counter the effects of the pandemic Covid-19 and which includes some rules of particular interest to the shipping industry, the president of the Italian Confederation Owners (Confitarma), Mario Mattioli, specified that at the parliamentary work resumes the shipping association will closely monitor the process of converting the Decree August, already effective since 15 August, which - noted - will presumably undergo changes and additions. Equally - Mattioli said -- we will follow, in the usual spirit of collaboration and interaction with the relevant administrations, implementation decrees also in order to prompt and effective implementation of the measures, avoiding distortions competitiveness and inequity in continuity services territorially.'

Mattioli pointed out that with the rules for the sector owner-in-law gets justice to a industry that has shown, despite enormous difficulties, that it strategic and essential intangible infrastructure serving the country. Mattioli explained that, in particular, Article 88 of the decree reflects what Confitarma requires to give tangible economic support to shipowners operating with ships registered in the national registers used for cabotage activities, even cruises, bunkering, deposit and assistance to oil rigs National. Although limited in time, from August 1 to August 31 December 2020 - he noted - such a provision extending exemption from the payment of social security contributions 30, 1998, to registered vessels in the first register is of historical significance for the sector. In fact , he recalled, for a decade now such units have not benefit from tax relief and the companies that operate them are therefore suffering with particular intensity the crisis Current.

For Confitarma, Article 89 also contains a first government's response to the armament's request to fill the absence of specific measures in previous measures support for the sea passenger transport sector it has suffered, and continues to suffer, the effects of the measures of the authorities national and international countries to contain the epidemic. In In particular, the measure establishes a fund with an endowment EUR 50 million for the year 2020, which will be earmarked for the first time in the year 2020. compensate for the reduction in passenger fare revenues february 23 to December 31, 2020 compared to average of revenues recorded in the same period of the previous year two years. Confitarma pointed out that the effectiveness of the standard subject to the european commission's authorisation will have to assess its compatibility with the framework eligible state aid.

He also pointed out that Article 38, on expressly urging the owner-general confederation, the one-year extension - until 30 June 2021 - of the waiver allows the use of sworn guards on board Italian ships, in the absence of theoretical-practical courses, allowing protection crews in areas at risk of piracy.

Mattioli concluded by expressing the hope that "it will our strong demand that, in the course of the conversion process of the "Simplifications" decree, urgent deburocratisation measures are included outdated maritime regulations and procedures.'

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