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Panama and EC to sign maritime co-operation accord

Panama and EC to sign maritime co-operation accord
The Minister for Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) Jorge Barakat Pitty met with the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, in Brussels to review security measures in passenger vessels, protection of the marine environment and ways to simplify procedures related to Panamanian ships in the ports of the countries members of the European Union (EU).

"Panama is grateful for the continued support given by the European Commission, which has made possible the successful implementation of various systems, including those based on International Data Exchange to re-inforce the safety of passenger vessels.” “[Those systems] giving immediate access to relevant information in emergencies facilitate and improve co-ordination in search and rescue operations," said Barakat.

Panama has strengthened its ties with the member countries of the EU, with regards to the protection of the environment because it is important to send an appropriate message to the international maritime industry on the needs for further progress on a unified proposal for reducing harmful emissions, added Barakat.

Panama actively participates in discussions carried out by the IMO to contribute to the Paris Agreement, milestone reached in the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December last year, taking responsibility to appropriate from the maritime transport sector towards the conservation of our marine environment actions.

“We discussed with Commissioner Violeta Bulc about drafting a Maritime Co-operation Agreement with the European Union to present co-ordinated proposals for the benefit of the international maritime sector and thus continue the continuous bilateral dialogue between Panama and the EU,” explained Barakat.

Commissioner Bulc presented a new single-window-technology platform which would integrate actively all the member countries of the EU, a project that was praised by Panama. "We emphasise the leadership of this international organisation and told Commissioner Bulc of our interest to include this item in the Maritime Co-operation Agreement to subscribe that will integrate the Panamanian ports with the European ports,” said Barakat.

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