Saturday October 25, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
19o C
12o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Interest groups seen as threat to ferry sector

By Nikos Bardounias

Coastal shipping vessels may be forced to abandon their Aegean Sea routes in the coming months due to the dire financial situation ferry companies have found themselves in, the alleged indifference of the state and the attitude of certain “small, well-organized groups,” warned the head of the coastal shippers’ union upon quitting his post on Thursday.

In his letter of resignation, the head of the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies (SEEN), Apostolos Ventouris, said the sector’s representatives had done all they could to maintain the smooth connection of mainland Greece with the country’s islands. However, Ventouris said in the letter read at Thursday’s SEEN board meeting, “We have run into the stiff opposition of the competent authorities toward proceeding to any real and radical changes or reforms.”

“Yet is it really the official and orderly state that opposes changes, or certain small, well-organized groups that wish to retain their privileges? My view is that this is certainly due to the few, to some minority groups who wish to hold on to their privileges at any cost, be it social or economic,” thundered Ventouris.

“There is no time to lose, our next meeting with the merchant marine minister will be crucial for the future of coastal shipping,” SEEN’s first vice president, Antonis Agapitos, told Kathimerini.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday September 13, 2012 (22:19)  
Nicosia says reforms are bringing results
TAIPED waits for green light from Eurostat
Trade deficit shrinks on big drop in imports
SMEs unable to claim subsidies
Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
Authorities began on Saturday assessing the damage done by flash floods in various parts of Athens a day earlier, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledging that all those affected would b...
No court hearings for civil cases
Greek courts are to stop conducting hearings, which include witness questioning, for civil cases, according to plans drawn up by the Justice Ministry. Kathimerini understands that in a bid t...
Inside News
BASKETBALL
A win is a win is a win for Olympiakos
A bad Olympiakos defeated a worse Laboral Kutxa 63-57 to make it two out of two in the Euroleague on Friday. In a game where the two teams had an overall field goal rate of about one in thre...
SOCCER
Panathinaikos snatches point at Eindhoven
Panathinaikos offered its fans a glimpse of its glorious past in European competitions snatching a draw at PSV Eindhoven, on an otherwise bad night for Greek soccer in the Europa League, as ...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
End of reason, end of humanity
The effects of a slew of new and increased taxes introduced since the start of the crisis were first observed in the wages of those still fortunate enough to have jobs, who saw their take-ho...
EDITORIAL
Banks need to step up
What has been leaked so far regarding the results of the stress tests on Greece’s lenders, which are due to be published on Sunday, appears positive. Greece needs a healthy, private banking ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Nicosia says reforms are bringing results
2. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
3. No court hearings for civil cases
4. Greece’s lenders seem adamant that gov’t must act on bailout commitments
5. Future of Attica trash set to become clearer
6. Policeman admits to murder of his cousin-in-law
more news
Today
This Week
1. End of reason, end of humanity
2. Banks need to step up
3. Nicosia says reforms are bringing results
4. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
5. Greece’s lenders seem adamant that gov’t must act on bailout commitments
6. No court hearings for civil cases
Today
This Week
1. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
2. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
3. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
4. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
5. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
6. Stop moaning and get in the game
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.