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Greece, Cyprus and Malta call on EU to cut maritime sector red tape

The Shipping Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Malta have called on the European Union to cut red tape holding back growth in the sector, which they say provides 2.1m jobs and $168bn to Europe’s economy.

The Ministers of Europe's leading flags met in Nicosia, Cyprus, May 18 as part of regular discussions held between the three nations. After the meeting Greece’s shipping minister, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, says the 28-member bloc needs to look at ways of making the sector more competitive by getting rid of bureaucratic obstacles.

Malta’s Transport Minister, Ian Borg, says work is underway to look at EU directives that compound the administrative burden on issues including the mutual recognition of seafarers’ qualifications.

Cypriot Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilides said the three officials discussed practical ways of boosting cooperation and tackling issues like pollution.

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