Source: European Commission Spokesperson's Service
Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport yesterday set out her strategic priorities for European shipping during her mandate. Speaking at the European Shipping Week Conference:
"I am convinced that shipping must remain at the forefront of innovation to stay competitive (…) Maritime transport and short sea shipping can make our overall transport system more sustainable. They are the cleanest modes of transport for large quantities of cargo. Some journeys in Europe are actually much shorter by sea than by land! (…) For the European shipping sector to prosper on a global level we must ensure free access to markets and a level playing field for ship-owners and operators. That is why the EU promotes the inclusion of maritime transport in the EU trade negotiations (…) Global trade needs secure seas internationally. The Commission is already doing a lot to protect shipping from piracy and terrorist threats and will continue to do so (...) We are also reaching out to our partners worldwide to raise the security at ports from where passengers and cargo leave for the EU (...) The digitalisation of maritime transport and of transport and mobility in general, will be one of the priorities of my term (…) Whatever technological developments may come, people must remain at the centre of transport, either as passengers or at the helm (…) And of course we need excellent employment conditions for European seafarers. To promote such conditions without compromising the competitiveness of the European fleet, we must enforce working conditions better - for all ships calling at EU ports."