The Greek Shipping Sector Meets the Minister - The Best from Greece


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Posted on: 12/Oct/2009

Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli met Monday with representatives of the Greek Shipowners Union (EEE), the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) and Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) board of directors.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Katseli stressed that the shipping sector is spearheading Greece’s international presence, pointing out that the seaport of Piraeus will be promoted into a shipping hub, coastal shipping services will be upgraded, more incentives will be given to sector professionals, and shipping diplomacy will be boosted by assuming an active role in international shipping organizations.

Referring to the COSCO agreement and the ongoing strike action by 1,500 dockworkers at the Port of Piraeus, Katseli stated that the outstanding issues will be settled through dialogue. She underlined that an agreement has been reached with COSCO affiliate SEP S.A. to proceed with substantive dialogue immediately and its conclusions will have a retrospective effect beginning Oct. 1, 2009.

In the five-hour meeting Katseli was briefed on the problems faced by the shipping sector, the country’s seaports and the seamen who have already expressed their opposition to the break up of the mercantile marine, Aegean and island policy ministry and its merger with other government ministries.

The Greek Shipowners Union (EEE) board outlined the problems of the shipping sector, while the OLP representatives handed over to the minister the files with the COSCO 35-year-long contract. A memorandum with the problems faced by the roughly 20,000 Greek seamen was also presented to the minister by the PNO delegation.
 

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source: http://www.ana-mpa.gr

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