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Cyprus and Recognised Organisations sign maritime agreement
2005-09-29 12:34:42

Limassol, Sep 29 - Cyprus and the Recognised Organisations have signed an agreement in the coastal town of Limassol, especially important for Cypriot maritime, governing the delegation of statutory surveys, inspections and certification services for ships flying the Cyprus flag.

The Director of the Commercial Maritime Department Sergios Sergiou, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Cyprus government, said: following the signing of the agreement, a new era begins in the relations of the Republic of Cyprus with the Recognised Organisations, although a long a fruitful cooperation exists for decades now with the esteemed Organisations.''

''We will now formalise this relation since the legal basis and framework were incomplete before the adoption of Directive 94/57/EC on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations,'' he added.

Mr. Sergiou also noted that the signing of the agreement took place ''only between the Republic of Cyprus and the Recognised Organisations approved by the EU, as Cyprus has been obliged to follow the rules and procedures of the EU since the 1st of May 2004, when it became a full member.''

Concluding, Mr. Sergiou said he looked forward to ''a closer and constructive cooperation, safeguarding safety at sea and the protection of the marine environment.''

The 11 Recognised Organisations represent organisations in the USA, China, Greece, Britain, Italy, Russia and Korea, among others.

Also in Limassol, the bi-annual international conference, Maritime Cyprus 2005, came to an end today. It was opened by Communications and Works Minister Haris Thrasou, who assured that “the government of Cyprus is determined and committed to the continuous improvement of the maritime infrastructure and the services rendered to the shipping community”.

Mr. Thrasou also said that “although the Turkish restrictions have for some years now adversely affected the development of Cyprus’s ports, reduced the trade and hindered the growth of the Register of Cyprus Ships, the issue has now gained a new dimension following the adoption on 21 September of a strong declaration by the European Council. By that declaration, all 25 Member States have committed themselves to closely monitor and evaluate the full and unconditional implementation by Turkey of its obligations for removing all Cyprus flagged, registered, owned or managed vessels, as well as any vessel - regardless of flag- sailing directly between Cyprus and Turkey”.

“The Cyprus Government will continue to press, on an urgent basis, the issue at the highest level and use all means at its disposal both in the E.U. and other relevant organizations, so that the Turkish Government fulfils its obligations the soonest possible”, the Cypriot minister underlined.

“With your active support in this endeavour and the great interest of the Vice President of the European Commission Jacques Barrot, I am convinced that the Turkish embargo will be lifted”, he said adding that “the lifting of the Turkish embargo is inevitable and will certainly create new prospects for a further growth of Cyprus, the EU and the Mediterranean maritime trade.

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