The workshop emphasized factors that affect the competitiveness of the Greek and Mediterranean shortsea industry, as well as key trends for the future; especially ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.

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Mr Kyrkos referred to the benefits of NMA and the industry's contribution to economic growth, job creation and social cohesion at both national and European level.

In addition, HSSA's President, Mr. Simantonis referred to the NMA operation in Greece and the Mediterranean region, focusing on the challenges that the new regulatory environment poses. He also noted the need to adopt incentives to upgrade the fleet, based on the new requirements .

Mr. Simantonis also focused on the challenges that the industry faces, but also the measures that the EU must adopt to improve the efficiency of the European fleet. These are improving financing, removing bureaucracy and taking measures for shift freight .