Greece wants a ‘realistic’ EU green policy for maritime transport
ATHENS, October 20 (Reuters) – EU maritime power Greece has told the European Commission that industry’s addition to the bloc’s carbon emissions trading scheme should be proportionate and strictly applied to ensure a level playing field for the European fleet on world markets.
In a letter sent to Commission Chairperson Ursula von der Leyen, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said countries should also recoup the revenue generated from the costs their ships would pay and the money should be spent to decarbonize the maritime transport.
Vessels belonging to Greece represent 58% of the EU fleet, according to the Union of Greek Shipowners.
Mitsotakis urged Brussels to “engage as soon as possible with the Greek authorities and with the maritime community, in order to find realistic and constructive solutions”, according to the letter.
The European Commission proposed this summer to include maritime transport in the EU carbon market for the first time. Read more
As part of the EU plan, maritime transport would be added to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) gradually from 2023 and gradually over a three-year period.
Ship owners will have to purchase permits under the ETS when their ships pollute or face possible bans from EU ports.
The Commission said the carbon market would apply to ships sailing within the European Union and 50% of emissions from international journeys starting and ending in the bloc.
EU countries prepare to negotiate the EU’s new green policy package, which they and the European Parliament must both endorse, with member states divided on what measures to use to meet climate targets of the block.
Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Alison Williams
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