Gilles Simeoni, President of the Territorial Collectivity of Corsica and President of the Islands Commission, has called for an end to oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean.

Pressure on the Italian government from President Simeoni and the President of Sardinia, Francesco Pigliaru, has paid off after the Italian Ministry of the Environment issued a negative opinion on a geophysical study  to explore liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons off the coast of Corsica and Sardinia, near the sanctuary for marine mammals. Consult common press release and press articles from La Stampa and La Nuova Sardegna.

President Simeoni now wants to go further and obtain a total ban on new hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation licenses throughout the Mediterranean. This will build on climate agreements aimed at reducing fossil fuel production, in particular the COP21 Paris Agreement.

He has called on all Mediterranean islands to come together to call on the European authorities to prohibit the authorisation of oil exploration throughout the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the Corsican Assembly has passed a motion on this issue.