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Ministers Council Meets Up Today

At 3 o’clock this afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, George Papandreou, issues related with Citizen Service are discussed.
The Meeting will be attended by, the Council of Ministers, plus the Citizen Counsel, Mr. G. Kamini.
The discussion includes topics, such as, the leadership of Supreme Court’s, the draft law on the creation of a ‘Green Fund’, the dismissal of cobotage and finally, issues related to citizen Service.
The issue of cabotage is of shared competence of the Ministry of Economy, Competitiveness and Maritime, Civil protection and Infrastructure. Despite the fact that the main body of the Bill is ready since early June, has still not been admitted in parliament.
In accordance with the basic provisions of the draft law, cruise ships companies will be bound to recruit a minimum number of Greek seafarers, of around 30 people, who will have to work in any foreign cruise ship that travels in Greek waters
Further more, shipping companies will sign a three-or five-year contract with the Greek Government to undertake the ship voyages of more than 72 hours, reaching at least three ports within Greece, with minimum stay of six hours at each one, and have the same starting-terminal port. These contracts will be renewed automatically.
The Bill also provides for the imposition of a specific fee per passenger, witch shall fund a new seafaring workforce employment, the Merchant Navy Employment Agency (OAEN).
According to the Navy Chamber of Greece, the Hotel Chamber of Greece and the Greek Central Association of Chambers of Commerce, the benefits to the economy and of the currency to be poured into the country on an annual basis after the imminent dismissal of cabotage in the cruising, is estimated at 1,16 billion. euro.
People in the cruise industry believe that, the perceived conditional licensing promoted by the Government will damage the competitiveness of the cruise industry.

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