The Minister of Transport participated in the deliberations of the EU Transport Council in Luxembourg

The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, participated in the deliberations of the EU Transport Council, which took place today in Luxembourg. During the Council, issues related to maritime, air and land transport were discussed.

The Council approved the conclusions regarding the priorities of the EU maritime transport policy until 2020, stressing the importance of competitiveness, decarbonization and digitalization in maritime transport policy. In his intervention, Minister Demetriades welcomed the initiative of the Maltese Presidency, highlighting especially the need to promote specific action for the enhancement of competitiveness of the European shipping. He underlined that Cyprus is ready to work constructively in cooperation with the other member states, the European Commission, industrial and social partners, so that the agreed goals could be reached.

The Minister of Transport also participated in a working lunch, during which views were exchanged on the deliberations that are being held in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the adoption of an ambitious initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Mr Demetriades, in his intervention, said, inter alia, that the strategy to be adopted by IMO should be based on specific principles, ensuring mainly that equal terms of competitiveness will be maintained and the sustainable development of shipping will continue. He also noted the need of cooperation with third countries, taking into consideration the concerns of the small island developing countries and the less-developing countries.

Source: Press and Information Office