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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-31

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Merchant marine and finance ministers brief PM

  • [01] Merchant marine and finance ministers brief PM

    Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis briefed Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on issues related to their respective domains of responsibility in separate meetings on Wednesday.

    According to sources, Kefaloyiannis and the prime minister discussed capitalising on shipping-generated revenue, as well as the financing of major port projects on the basis of the protocol signed with the European Investment Bank.

    Kefaloyiannis, in comments he made to reporters after his meeting with Karamanlis, said that during the summer, 2.5 million passengers travelled through the port of Piraeus, while more than 5 million travelled through the country's ports altogether.

    He stressed that the state guarantees transport safety, noting that most ships are reliable and relatively new.

    "As for the older ships, the state is stepping up inspections to avoid problems as much as possible," he added.

    Next week, Kefaloyiannis is expected to announce a series of measures regarding coastal shipping policy as well as the criteria that will go into effect for subsidising low traffic density routes.

    Alogoskoufis did not make any comments following his meeting with the prime minister.


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