Mediterranean governments have gone one step further towards declaring their region an emission control area (MedECA).

Representatives of 22 coastal states meeting in Antalya, Turkey, pledged on Friday that they will formally submit a proposal to that effect to the International Maritime Organization when it meets in early 2022.

"I am particularly proud that all contracting parties have agreed to designate the Mediterranean as a sulphur emission control area to protect the health of millions of Mediterranean citizens and their marine environment from ship pollution," said European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius.