On 15 May 2012, an agreement was reached between the Council and the European Parliament on the revision of the Sulphur Directive (Directive 1999/32/EC) in relation to the sulphur content of marine fuels. Further to this, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) endorsed the agreement on 23 May 2012. The aim of this Directive is to reduce emissions from shipping due to the combustion of marine fuels with a high sulphur content. For businesses which use maritime services in certain regions, such as the cement industry, the revision will have a major impact on their competitiveness.
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