EUROPEAN COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT SIIM KALLAS WELCOMES THE LAUNCH OF EUROPEAN SHIPPING WEEK

on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in Petrospot News

European Transport Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission Siim Kallas has voiced his strong support for the launch of European Shipping Week, claiming it will help to raise the profile of shipping in Brussels “and allow for a good interaction between its multiple players and decision makers”.

In a letter to Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), Commissioner Kallas said there was no doubt that Europe needs a high quality shipping sector “that can compete around the world.” Maritime transport is a cornerstone of European industry, he said, playing an essential role in Europe’s economy.

He added: “The European Shipping Week should be an opportunity to demonstrate that regulators and industry share the same objective of promoting quality, growth and competitiveness, through better regulation at EU level and supporting effective EU action promoting European interests in the IMO. I have been working hard during my mandate to create a level playing field for shipping on a global level and I am confident that my successor will continue to do so. We must foster innovation, remove the obstacles to the single market and fight for quality shipping in all its facets.

“I give my full support to the European Shipping Week and I am more than pleased that shipping attracts media headlines and political focus for its contribution to Europe’s growth and competitiveness,” he concluded.

Please click here to visit the official European Shipping Week website.