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The Lloyd’s List Podcast: How to talk to Europe about shipping

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With the European elections looming there is a compelling argument for shipping to be far more central in the EU’s future industrial strategy, but are we having the right conversations with politicians and regulators? This week’s podcast features EU transport commissioner Magda Kopczyńska and European Community Shipowners’ Associations secretary-general Sotiris Raptis



IN this pivotal year of global elections where the power blocs are squaring up to each other over trade, macroeconomic circumstance has thrust shipping into the limelight.

Shipping has a window of opportunity to insert itself at the heart of the big political discussions by reminding politicians of the central role that national fleets and maritime sectors play in keeping economies and trade afloat.

From supply chain vulnerabilities to energy security, government and the general public at large have never been more aware of the intrinsic role that shipping plays in its daily lives.

Trade is still coupled with economic growth in Europe and the influence of European shipping on the supply chain needs to be taken into account.

There is an opportunity to position shipping more centrally in whatever flavour of European politics emerges triumphant this summer.

But is this industry ready and prepared to capitalise on its visibility by having a grown-up conversation with policymakers and regulators?

The jury is out.

Joining Lloyd’s List editor-in-chief this week to discuss whether we are having the right conversations in European shipping are:

  • Magda Kopczyńska, director general for the European Commission’s DG Move — the directorate of Mobility and Transport

  • Sotiris Raptis, secretary-general of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

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