Cyprus, Malta and Greece to promote shipping cooperation

The 5th trilateral ministerial meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Malta on maritime issues took place in Pireaus, Athens on Friday where ministers examined ways to improve cooperation.

An official statement said the meeting was held with the participation of Cyprus Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Marios Demetriades, Greece`s Minister Shipping and Island Policy, Panagiotis Kouroublis and Alternate Shipping and Island Policy Minister Nektarios Santorinios and Malta`s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi.

During the meeting, the ministers discussed improved coordination between the three countries on a political level, the priorities on maritime issues of the Maltese presidency of the EU, reducing emissions from ships, as well as maintaining and improving competitiveness in the European shipping industry. They also exchanged views on promoting a complete Island policy within the EU during the Maltese presidency.

The meeting also confirmed prospects to expand cooperation as shipping is an important aspect of the three countries` economies.

The ministers decided to meet again in the framework of the EU ministerial conference on Shipping that will be held on 29 March where a relevant ministerial declaration will be signed.

source: CNA