Assarmatori: “CII, Transhipment and Motorways of the Sea. Italy in the front row in Brussels for the protection of maritime and port traffic”

“We have witnessed the Italian country system taking a leading role in Brussels in the defense of national and European maritime and port traffic. The CII was excluded from the new directive on Port State Control, thanks to the efforts of the Italian delegation. The European Parliament also played a significant role, sounding an alarm about the distortive risks of the ETS for continental transshipment ports. The European Commission acknowledges these concerns and is translating words into concrete actions.”


This statement comes from the general secretary of Assarmatori, Alberto Rossi, following a recent mission to Brussels by the Shipping Association. This mission commenced after the Council of EU Transport Ministers last Monday and concluded with the approval of a Resolution on European ports by the Transport Commission (TRAN) of the European Parliament the following Thursday.


“We had the pleasure of participating in an intense and decisive week of work and institutional meetings,” explains Rossi. “Firstly, at the EU Transport Council, where Minister Salvini was present, significant changes were adopted for the proposed directives of the European package on maritime transport and transport safety. Notably, upon Italian request, the distorting IMO CII (Carbon Intensity Indicator) index was excluded from the new criteria proposed by the European Commission for future Port State Control inspections. This marks a crucial political signal, achieved through the efforts of our Administration and Permanent Representation in Brussels, affirming what Assarmatori has been asserting for some time –the inadequacy of this indicator and the urgency to proceed with its rapid modification by 2026. Additionally, the TRAN Commission, led by the rapporteur, Hon. Marco Campomenosi, approved significant amendments to the proposal, incorporating the existing CII into the Port State Control Directive.”


Last Thursday, the TRAN Commission adopted a Resolution for a European Strategy for Ports. Following amendments by Italian MEPs, the resolution reiterates concerns about the risk of transshipment traffic delocalization due to the application of the European ETS and the associated implications for security of supply.


During the vote on the Resolution, Assarmatori organized a meeting with Italian MEPs to explore practical solutions to the pressing challenges facing the Italian maritime-port sector. Key issues discussed included the urgent need to ensure the competitiveness of transshipment ports within the ETS framework and short-range traffic. Assarmatori advocated for the promotion of a European Marebonus to facilitate the modal transfer of goods, coupled with a virtuous utilization of ETS proceeds. According to the Association, Europe should offer comprehensive support to Motorways of the Sea services, addressing the currently insufficient funding from some member states, notably Italy, which has been a historical proponent of the project.


“In the meeting, attended by Vice President of the European Parliament Pina Picierno, Honorable Denis Nesci, Marco Campomenosi, Achille Variati, and political advisors to numerous other deputies, we deliberated on solutions to safeguard the maritime-port system amidst the aforementioned challenges. Deputies proposed concrete solutions during the meeting, and the Vice President highlighted aspects of the proposed Resolution from the European Parliament, which we are closely monitoring” concludes Rossi.

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