"It simply came to our notice then, decisively and in a timely manner, we have also ensured the operation of coastal shipping and we have strengthened our sailors in every way and by all means. ",……. said the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Giannis Plakiotakis, speaking tonight in Parliament.
The minister spoke about the handling and measures during the pandemic, and made special reference to the support of coastal shipping with 15 EUR million, national resources.
He specifically stated that they were subsidized 34 itineraries to Crete, Chios, Mytilene, Rose. Port fees have been reduced 20% while, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, A special program for compensation of shipping companies by European resources is being prepared.
At the same time, the sailors were supported, with special compensation, by extending the insurance capacity of unemployed sailors, by revising the terms and conditions for the registration of unemployed seafarers in the lists offered for shipping.
Referring to the provisions of the competence of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy discussed in Parliament, Mr.. Plakiotakis said that the Port Authority also envisages the implementation of the law on public contracts that refer to the field of defense and security.. "The implementation of this framework in the port authority is absolutely critical and necessary, because it allows fast and transparent, implementation of very important projects, of national importance, concerning the protection of maritime borders but also the safety of navigation ", said Giannis Plakiotakis.