Participation of the Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy Christos Stylianidis in the Council of Ministers of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy of the E.U. in charge of Maritime Transport (Brussels, December 4-5, 2023)

The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. Christos Stylianidis, characterized maritime transport as an eminently globalized industry during his intervention at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Transport of the EU, with responsibility for maritime transport, which took place yesterday, December 4, in Brussels. Mr. Stylianides even pointed out that in this context it is a matter of high priority to align the EU legislation with the international standards adopted by the IMO not only in the field of navigation safety but also in the protection of the marine environment.

During the meeting, the competent Ministers approved the position of the Council (General Approach) for four legislative proposals concerning the package of measures for the safety of navigation and the protection of the marine environment.

Also, the Minister of Shipping informed the Council about issues and concerns raised by the implementation of the directive on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System emphasizing the necessity to maintain the competitiveness of EU shipping. including ports.

At the same time and on the sidelines of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Stylianidis had contacts with his counterparts and high-ranking officials of the European Commission.

The Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Christos Stylianidis, also attended a special awarding ceremony of the 2023 Athens Democracy Award to the former President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, by the Mayor of Athens, Costas Bakoyannis. As is known, Mr. Stylianidis served as Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management in the Juncker European Commission (2014-2019).

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