Malta, Greece And Cyprus Appeal To EU To Cut Shipping Bureacracy

18th May 2018

Transport Minister Ian Borg said that work is underway to look at EU directives that compound the administrative burden on issues, including the mutual recognition of seafarers' qualifications.

The shipping ministers of Malta, Cyprus and Greece have stated that they want the European Union to cut red tape holding back growth in the shipping sector, which they say provides 2.1 million jobs and €142 billion ($168 billion) to Europe's economy.

Speaking on Friday following a meeting hosted by Cyprus, Malta's transport minister, Ian Borg, said that work is underway to look at EU directives that compound the administrative burden on issues, including the mutual recognition of seafarers' qualifications.

Greece's shipping minister, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, said that the EU needed to look at ways of making the sector more competitive by getting rid of bureaucratic obstacles.

Cypriot Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilides said the three officials discussed practical ways of boosting cooperation and tackling issues like pollution.


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Malta, Greece And Cyprus Appeal To EU To Cut Shipping Red Tape