Greek, Cypriot, Mal­tese mar­itime min­is­ters meet to con­sol­i­date co­op­er­a­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Joe Mizzi hosted Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Works of Cyprus Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades, and Greek Min­is­ter of Mar­itime Af­fairs & In­su­lar Pol­icy Thodoris Drit­sas, for the fourth tri­par­tite meet­ing on mar­itime af­fairs with the aim of con­sol­i­dat­ing a com­mon po­si­tion on mar­itime af­fairs, both at re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

Be­ing the three main mar­itime na­tions in the Euro­pean Union, mar­itime is­sues are of para­mount im­por­tance to these coun­tries. This fol­lows three other sim­i­lar meet­ings held in Greece, Cyprus and Malta re­spec­tively.

The min­is­ters dis­cussed a num­ber of con­tem­po­rary mar­itime is­sues, such as en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and green house emis­sions, the so­cial di­men­sion of ship­ping, and a de­bate on ways to fur­ther con­sol­i­date the co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Malta, Cyprus and Greece.

The pri­or­i­ties of Malta’s EU Pres­i­dency in the area of mar­itime af­fairs were also dis­cussed.

Min­is­ter Mizzi said that Malta, Cyprus and Greece have sig­nif­i­cant mar­itime in­ter­ests in the Euro­pean Union, and Malta con­sid­ers it of ut­most im­por­tance for the three coun­tries to con­tinue strength­en­ing their co­op­er­a­tion in or­der to en­sure their in­ter­ests are ad­e­quately rep­re­sented and taken into ac­count when pol­icy and leg­is­la­tion are be­ing for­mu­lated at both EU and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

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