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Following the meeting of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg yesterday (20 April) the European and global shipping industries have welcomed the increased attention that all EU Member States are giving to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. This includes the ‘10 point plan’ adopted as a result of the impetus provided by the terrible tragedy involving the loss of hundreds of lives at the weekend.

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) particularly welcome the decision to call an extraordinary session of EU leaders on Thursday to address this crisis, which is spiralling out of control.

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