Greek shipowners called to invest on Greek economy

The Government has sent a clear message to Greek shipowners to support the home registry just as the state supports shipping. As its known the members of the Board of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) met with the Prime Minister Mr. George Papandreou and asked for a steady (operational) framework, the harmonious operation of services, the retention of know-how, and a dynamic approach by shipping companies are the number one priority.
Also present was the minister of Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Mr. Ioannis Diamantidis. Greek shipowners asked from Mr. Papandreou to lift the number of students entering the merchant marine academies from about 1.000 to 2.000 a year.

They also asked to finalize the government’s plans regarding the administration of the Hellenic Harbour Corps stressing they preferred it to be part of the Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries ministry, not the Citizens’ Protection ministry, which seems to be the government’s choice as it gives the corps a more military rather than an administrative role.

ELNAVI Magazine,  issueFebruary 2011, page 12

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