Tripartite Meeting of Greece – Cyprus – Malta on shipping matters

The support of European shipping in the context of intense international competition and geopolitical challenges, as well as the ways to strengthen the environmental sustainability of shipping with measures of international application in response to the challenge of climate change, were the main topics of discussion during the 8th Informal Tripartite Ministerial Meeting of Greece -Cyprus-Malta for maritime issues hosted by the Minister of Maritime and Island Policy Mr. Christos Stylianidis.

At the meeting held on Friday 3.11.2023, at the ministry building, in Piraeus, Cyprus and Malta were represented by government delegations headed respectively by the Deputy Minister of Shipping and the President of the Republic of Cyprus Ms. Marina Hatzimanoli and the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Works, Dr. Aaron Farrugia.

The three Ministers had the opportunity, within the framework of the structured dialogue of the three important maritime countries of the EU, to exchange views on the further expansion of their cooperation in the field of maritime transport both at the European level and at the IMO level.

They also discussed the legislative packages of maritime interest “Fit for 55” and “Modernization of EU rules”. for safety at sea and the prevention of water pollution” (Maritime Safety Package).

At the same time, the Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Malta had the opportunity to confirm their permanent policy regarding the application of international rules for quality shipping, through the IMO, the only international organization that has the necessary expertise. It is worth noting that the three Ministers also expressed their practical support for the Organization in all matters, stressing the need for a combination of environmental protection and the sustainable development of maritime transport.

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