Shipping Policy

At EU level, the Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime Transport (SAGs), with the tonnage tax system at its core, should continue to provide predictability and flexibility to the shipping sector.

Legislative initiatives in respect of fiscal policies and taxation, such as the revision of the EU Energy Taxation Directive, should be used to encourage the green energy transition, while safeguarding the sector’s global competitiveness. The abolition of tax exemptions for marine fuels would, thus, be an ineffective and counterproductive measure.

Legal certainty on taxation matters ensures business continuity and the sustainability of the EU shipping sector.