Greece: Shipping is pillar of EU Presidency

Maritime interests in Europe have expressed concerns that financially struggling Greece, infamous for its low environmental standards, will take over the EU Presidency for the next six months. The country's Minister of Shipping calls to battle.

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"Don't worry," says Greek Minister of Shipping Miltiadis Varvitsiotis between the lines in a preparatory speech in relation to the Greek EU Presidency, which runs from January 1st to July 1st 2014, as there are some countries heaving diplomatic or loud sighs about the fact that the Greeks will be responsible for making things work in the large EU machine, including the maritime field.

But Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, on the contrary, says that other countries could learn something from Greece, which has the largest coastline in Europe and around 15 percent of the global fleet.

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