Following the recent news that the European Parliament recognizes the structural role of the commercial operators in shipping and the need for a sector-dedicated fund, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) welcomed the adopted position, highlighting that the “polluter pays” principle is the cornerstone of the EU environmental legislation.
UGS mentioned that the European Parliament made an important step addressing the European shipping industry’s concerns to a significant extent, primarily by recognising the commercial operators’ structural role in shipping and for its decarbonisation, in line with “the polluter pays” principle as well as the need for a sector-dedicated Fund. ECSA has also agreed with this position, expressing its support.
In particular, the President of the UGS, Ms. Melina Travlos, stated:
The “polluter pays” principle is the cornerstone of the EU environmental legislation. In order for it to be properly implemented, the commercial operator must have an obligation to comply with this Directive and must be held accountable for the related costs. In any case, the application of this principle cannot be the subject of contract negotiations. It is an unquestionable environmental principle that must be respected by all relevant stakeholders to safeguard the decarbonisation of the shipping sector, which should be a common goal of all involved.
In addition, the European Parliament ENVI position promotes a dedicated Ocean Fund, where at least 75% of revenues from shipping’s EU ETS allowances will be invested in the decarbonisation of the industry.
As stated, the Greek Shipowners, fully committed to the further greening of the maritime sector, will continue to engage constructively with all relevant parties involved in the legislative process for the achievement of ambitious and feasible environmental goals.