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Parliamentary questions
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21 April 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-002151/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elsi Katainen (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Navigation in ice conditions and emissions trading

In June 2021, the Commission intends to propose adding shipping to the EU emissions trading system as part of the European Green Deal. Many remote EU countries, such as Finland, are totally dependent on its maritime connections. In all, 90% of Finnish exports and 80% of imports are transported by sea. In addition to its remote location, Finland faces the challenge of wintry conditions, with the sea and harbours frozen for a third of the year. For a vessel to pass through a layer of thick ice, there is a need not just for special structures and massive engine power but also more fuel, which means significant additional costs. If the special features of winter navigation are not considered when the proposal is being drafted, extending emissions trading to shipping could place Member States at a disadvantage.

How does the Commission intend to take account of the requirements of navigation in ice conditions when expanding the scope of EU emissions trading to ensure a level playing field in Europe?

Original language of question: FI
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