Russia blocks NECA application

The Helcom meeting yesterday, Thursday, concerning the future of the Baltic Sea, led to intense negotiations. The meeting resulted in a postponement of the core issue.

Russia caused big problems when the nine countries in the Baltic Sea region yesterday, Thursday, gathered to discuss the future of the Baltic Sea and approve a number of general targets for the region. In fact, disagreement was so intense that the ministerial meeting was delayed several hours, ending with the core issue being postponed, Danish Minister of the Environment Ida Auken (Socialist People's Party, SF) tells ShippingWatch.

The dispute revolves around getting the Baltic Sea approved as a NECA zone - an area with special limitations regarding ships' nitrogen (NOx) emissions.

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