Maritime Policy meeting in Cyprus

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014, 09:33


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“As the three leading maritime nations (Malta, Greece and Cyprus) in Europe, we have an obligation to safeguard the competitiveness of the EU Maritime cluster”

Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Edward Zammit Lewis, speaking at the Tripartite meeting on Integrated Maritime and Shipping Policy held in Cyprus.

Together with the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Joe Mizzi, they attended the meeting at the invitation of the Minister of Communications and Works,Tasos Mitsopoulos.

Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Minister of Shipping and the Aegean of the Hellenic Republic who was keen to discuss the Greek Presidency of the European Union during the first half of 2014.was also present for the meeting.

The main priorities of the agenda were the Shipping Policy, Energy Efficiency Measures and Integrated Maritime Policy.

Edward Zammit Lewis discussed the importance on the direction and strategy that Malta will be taking to integrate maritime affairs since Malta is fully supportive of the European Unions’ efforts.

The main elements and the importance of the Integrated Maritime Policy are to primarily seek and consolidate on specific maritime and marine affairs.

Dr Zammit Lewis specified that Malta fully supports Blue Growth initiative and has expressed this support to the Commission and Council. Blue growth is the way forward to increase competitiveness, investment and create quality jobs.

Malta has also participated by stating that this action should be the flagship initiative of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs until 2020.

At national level, Malta has contributed by providing input at the meetings held by the Commission and Council, as well as other feedback requested for the study.

The National Integrated Maritime Strategy Committee is identifying any particular areas that can contribute to the growth in the Blue Economy and will be setting out an action plan for its’ stimulation.

Subsequently, Edward Zammit Lewis and Joe Mizzi proposed that the next tripartite meeting will be held in Malta to continue discussing further areas for collaboration.

Following the meeting, the Maltese delegation paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.

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