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Union of Greek Shipowners Visits EU Headquarters

A delegation of the Union of Greek Shipowners headed by the Union’s president Theodoros Veniamis, visited the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels.  Topics of discussion included maintaining and developing nautical know-how in Europe, handling the phenomenon of international piracy, the European legislative framework and its repercussions for maritime activities, issues concerning environmental protection and problems created in shipping as a result of the recent measures taken by the EU against Iran.
The Union’s three day contacts in the Belgian capital included the Commissioners Maria Damanaki (shipping policy), Viviane Reding (justice) and Androula Vassiliou (education, culture, youth).
The delegation, as it stressed during a press conference it gave in Brussels, reminded the EU officials that European shipping represents 41% of the world’s fleet and Greek shipping 40% of all of Europe.  The group reiterated its steadfast position that whatever decisions are adopted on shipping issues including those concerning the protection of the environment, are preferable to be taken at the level of the International Maritime Organisation and not at regional levels, such as the EU.
(source: ana-mpa)

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