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Malta Shortsea Promotion Centre to take over presidency of the European Shortsea Network

Date: 21/08/2015

A briefing session was held at the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, where the executive board of the Malta Shortsea Promotion Centre (MSPC) met with Honorary Minister Mr Joe Mizzi and Mr James Piscopo, Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta on Friday 31st July 2015.

The Chairman of MSPC, Mr Jason Bongailas, explained that the European Shortsea Network (ESN) which comprises twenty member states (including Malta) is the official entity recognized by DG Move for the promotion of programmes to assist in the movement of cargo in a more efficient and environment friendly manner.  Mr Bongailas highlighted that ESN is directly involved in the Ten T programme to which the EU voted Euro 26 billion for the period 2014 – 2020.  In January 2016, Malta will assume the presidency of this network for a period of eighteen months, thereby coinciding with Malta’s EU presidency in 2017.

Through this presidency Malta’s MSPC will have a dual role, namely that of furthering the interest of the whole network vis a vis the Commission in Brussels, and, at the same time, working closely with the Maltese Government to promote maritime issues related to transport, and that can have an effect on Malta.

The MSPC today comprises twenty four members who represent a cross section of the Maltese shipping industry including ship owners, port terminals, ship repair yards, unions, associations and private companies. 

Minister Mizzi expressed appreciation to the MSPC’s initiative to meet and brief him on this development, which he described as being an honour for Malta and a privilege of the Maltese shipping industry.  The active participation of Transport Malta in MSPC was a tangible proof of Government’s support to the Maltese shipping industry.  He explained that this industry was vital for Malta and Government had a clear vision for its further development and growth. 

Mr Piscopo, Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta, augured success to the MSPC for its period of presidency and confirmed the support of Transport Malta to see such initiatives on a private-public partnership, thrive and prosper.  He welcomed the opportunity to work closely with MSPC so that the presidency period will be turned into an opportunity to showcase Maritime Malta.

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