Greece and France Sign Declaration for Maritime Sector Cooperation

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The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Christos Stylianides, the Minister of Environment and Energy, Theodoros Skylakakis, and French State Secretary, Hervé Berville, have signed a declaration of intent for cooperation in the maritime sector.

Areas of Cooperation
The declaration, signed by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, outlines the following areas of collaboration:

1. UN Conference on Oceans 2025
– Regular consultations between Greece and France to prepare for the United Nations Conference on Oceans, scheduled for June 9-13, 2025, in Nice, France.

2. Environmental Protection
– Joint efforts to expand the alliance for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.
– Advancement of global treaty negotiations to combat plastic pollution.
– Strengthening marine protected area networks to protect the oceans.

3. Maritime Economy Governance
– Cooperation to enhance governance in the maritime economy within the frameworks of the European Union (EU) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

4. Offshore Wind Energy Development
– Exchange of experiences and bilateral integration plans for the development of offshore wind farms.
– Industrial cooperation with sector companies in both France and Greece.

5. Shipping Sector and Port Adaptation
– Exploration of joint actions and investment opportunities in the shipping sector.
– Collaboration to adapt Greek and French ports to European and international environmental standards, including fuel supply and electrification.
– Promotion of initiatives based on European and international goals for maritime transport decarbonization.

6. Resource Mobilization and Information Exchange
– Exchange of technical information and mobilization of experts.
– Sharing methods and tools for the development and achievement of cooperation projects.
– Engagement of relevant partners to support cooperation initiatives.

This declaration signifies a strong commitment between Greece and France to enhance their cooperation in the maritime sector, addressing key environmental and economic challenges through joint efforts and shared expertise.

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Source: Naftemporiki