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Published: 2017-04-05

Valletta Declaration approved

Shipping Valletta Declaration approved

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EU Member States' transport ministers have accepted the so-called Valletta Declaration on maritime transport, prioritizing competitiveness, digitisation, and decarbonisation.

"Digitalisation is rightly identified as a key priority. From a technological point of view it should be very easy to establish a genuine European Single Window. We just need the political will to do it. Let's not lose the momentum we now have by backtracking on the level of ambition," Niels Smedegaard, President of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), said.

Niels also added; "The good news is that EU shipping policy as outlined in the current maritime strategy provides an excellent basis. But more maritime growth can be achieved with a more globally-oriented approach, which recognizes that shipping activities form the core of the maritime cluster. We want to work together on an ambitious shipping strategy for the period 2019-2028. We are ready to share our ideas in a constructive and open-minded spirit, using the opportunity of the European maritime year to the fullest extent possible."

Find more information about the Blue industry in Harbours Review 1/2017 E-zine.

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