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Slovenian Minister Speaks At Hamburg Shipping Conference

Slovenian minister speaks at Hamburg shipping conference

Source: European Commission
Hamburg, Germany (PortSEurope) September 13, 2020 – Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec, has participated in a panel at the ministerial conference in Hamburg on the topic of promoting greening and the international competitiveness of shipping and ports. Minister Vrtovec expressed his awareness that the maritime sector is facing a major challenge in the global fight against climate change. “Slovenia welcomes measures proposed within the framework
of the European green offer and advocates the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector both at the EU level and at the global level within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). At the same time, we are aware that the introduction of an emissions trading scheme in the maritime sector will require additional analyzes and impact assessments. In our opinion, the greening of the sector will have to go hand in hand with the digital transformation of the sector, “said the minister. “We believe that the EU should remain at the forefront of these efforts and set an example. It is crucial that we start putting the measures into practice as soon as possible. Greater support will be needed for research and investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in maritime transport”, said Minister Vrtovec. “At EU level, we need to provide additional and sufficient financial incentives for investment in alternative fuel infrastructure. I believe that the EU maritime sector, if we meet the challenges in time, can improve its competitiveness in these uncertain times, “added Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec. During the German EU Council Presidency 2020, Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer invited the European Transport Ministers and high-ranking representatives of the maritime industry to the conference “Triggering Greening and International Competitiveness of Shipping and Ports” on September 8, 2020 in Hamburg. During the conference, the importance of the EU Green Deal for maritime shipping, shipbuilding and ports was discussed. Maritime transport is a cornerstone of the European economy: around ninety percent of EU foreign trade and around forty percent of intra-European goods traffic are carried out by sea. As an export nation, Europe and Germany therefore have a particular interest in safe and sustainable maritime transport.  The implementation of the “Green Deal” of the European Commission will be a challenge for the industry in the coming years. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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