European Maritime Day: Shipping – life blood for Cyprus



“European Maritime Day” is celebrated annually throughout the European Union on 20 May. The aim of the European Maritime Day is to highlight the importance of Shipping to the Economy of EU Member-States, as well as to raise public awareness of Shipping’s key role in the protection of the marine environment.

In this respect, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber decided to organise its Annual General Meeting on 19 May, in conjunction with the celebrations of the 10th European Maritime Day. Within the framework of its efforts to further promote European Maritime Day, the Shipping Chamber invited the Maritime Director of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (DG MOVE), Ms. Magda Kopczynska at the General Meeting, who stressed the importance given to Maritime Policy matters by the European Commission.

As the trade association of the Shipping Industry in Cyprus and participating once again in the celebrations of “EU Maritime Day”, the Shipping Chamber, will also organise a Blood Donation drive amongst the personnel of its Shipping Member-Companies on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, at the Ygia Polyclinic in Limassol, projecting in this way a part of the multifaceted social welfare work the Shipping Industry carries out for decades.

It is important to note that, from similar Blood Donation drives organised by the Shipping Chamber, as well as its Member-Companies in the last 25 years, more than 2000 blood units have been collected. For this commendable social service, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber has been honoured by the Blood Coordinating Committee of the Limassol District.


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