01 March, 2008
The annual meeting of the Greek ship-owners and the Greek Maritime Cooperation Committee's directorate in London was held in the British capital on Friday and was attended for the first time by Greek Merchant Marine and Island Policy Minister George Voulgarakis, a development that was underlined by the president of the Greek ship-owners in London, Epaminondas Empirikos, who termed the meeting "very successful."
Issues discussed concerned the development of Greek and international shipping, such as the Greek register, dockers' issues, collective labour agreements, maritime training, the attraction of young people to the seamen's profession, development in the social security sector, Greece's participation in the European Union's agencies and in other international organizations and other international developments and agreements.
"We remain steadfast in our position that all decisions concerning shipping must be adopted by the relevant international organizations and must be implemented in a uniform manner by all the countries of the international shipping community. This position of ours is being expressed with vigor at all forums and in relation to all sectors having an impact on shipping," Voulgarakis said in his address to the Greek ship-owners.
Source: Athens News Agency