A meeting of a 15-member delegation of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament (IMCO) was held at the Headquarters of PPA SA.
Participating MEPs, led by their President, Mr. Malcolm Harbour (UK), met with the President and CEO of PPA, Mr. George Anomeritis, and executive directors (Mr. P. Petroulis, Mr. S. Chatzakos, Mr. D. Spirou and Mr. T. Karlis) and then enjoyed a tour of the facilities of the passenger and commercial ports of PPA.
Main topics of discussion on both sides were:
(a) The free movement of goods in ports
(b) The free access to port services through concessions
(c) The “opening” of professions
(d) The free zones etc.
The briefing was held in order to inform the European Parliament of the Greek Chairmanship's priorities in 2014.
Mr. G. Anomeritis, after the presentation of activities and financial indicators of the PPA, presented the PPA SA Development Program, which moves within the framework of European policies and ESPO, transforming the Port of Piraeus into the main hub for cruise and container/vehicle transport. As was pointed out by Mr. G. Anomeritis in his closing statement: “In a troubled region, were the events in North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other neighboring countries are creating new standards in maritime transport, Piraeus comprises, through its large size, the main security force and development factor for the whole of Southeast Europe. The port of Piraeus progresses beyond the Seas, in the center of Tourism and Culture, with a wide range of capabilities through concessions to attract new investment.”