Greece’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Islands, and Fisheries has held the first technical meeting of maritime industry experts on establishment of cooperation between Ukraine and Greece. The meeting was held in Piraeus on 13 and 14 September. It was attended by a delegation of experts from the Ukrainian the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ukrainian Port Authority announced.

It was decided at the meeting to begin joint consideration of the technical and economic aspects of organizing a ferry service between Ukraine and Greece.

Agreement was also reached on mutual support at the level of international maritime organizations and European institutions. They discussed issues of information sharing and Greek assistance in reforming the Ukrainian maritime sector, particularly port infrastructure, in line with the standards of the European Union.

At the end of the meeting of experts, a joint protocol that specified the areas of bilateral cooperation in the maritime sector was signed and the two sides stated their intention to set up a permanent commission on maritime cooperation between Ukraine and Greece.

The next such meeting is planned for Ukraine next year.

As the CFTS earlier reported, Ukraine and Greece are discussing the launch of a ferry service between the two countries. According to Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, implementation of a project involving establishment of a ferry service between Ukraine and Greece has a high trade and economic potential for both countries.