Germany will intensify state aid to carriers

Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised German carriers that the government will fully exploit EU rules governing state support for the shipping industry, especially the taxation of seafarers.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised German carriers that the federal government is ready to boost state aid to the shipping industry and fully exploit the benefits permitted by EU maritime guidelines.

The commitment from the German state was recently announced at the National Maritime Conference in Bremerhafen, where the Federal Government declared that it will fully exploit EU rules regarding the taxation of seafarers on board German vessels, in order to improve the competitiveness of the German merchant fleet.

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