The Greek government and the shipping community signed an agreement that guarantees the state 60 million euros paid voluntarily per year, starting from 2022.
ore specifically, local media inform that the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Finance Minister Christos Staikouras signed on the government side, while the President of the Union of Greek Shipowners, Melina Travlos, was representing the shipowners’ side.
A total of 91.56% of all tonnage of companies managing Greek and foreign-flagged ships supported the amendment, which updates a 2019 agreement for a voluntary contribution of 40 million euros annually.
The signing came after long negotiations with the European Commission, with the Greek Finance ministry informing that the goal was to ensure the competitiveness of Greek-owned shipping sector while ensuring the benefits for the Greek economy and Greek society.
The 2019 deal was signed by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and UGS, headed then by Theodoros Veniamis, which saw a 10% tax on shipping dividends and a voluntary tax contribution of €40m.