Ukraine and Greece have agreed to develop a project to launch a ferry crossing service between the two countries, according to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.
The relevant agreements were reached during the first technical meeting of experts on the development of cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Greece in the maritime sector held in Greece on September 13-18. Ukraine was represented by a delegation of experts from the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine.
”In particular, it was agreed to provide mutual support at the level of international maritime organizations and European institutions, exchange information, use Greece`s assistance in reforming the maritime sector of Ukraine, particularly the port infrastructure, in line with EU standards. Further, it was agreed to start the consideration of technical and economic aspects in order to launch the ferry service between Ukraine and Greece,” the Sea Port Authority said in a statement.
It is reported that the meeting had resulted in signing a joint protocol, which outlines areas of bilateral cooperation in the maritime sector, as well as specifies intentions of both parties to create a standing commission on maritime cooperation between Ukraine and Greece. The next meeting is planned to be held in Ukraine in 2017.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine and Georgia on September 13 signed an agreement on launching a direct international railway-ferry service via the two countries` ports. The agreement aims at stimulating and strengthening bilateral relations in the transport sector.