OceanFinance participated in the KvarkenMos conference this April with Dr. Panayotis Zacharioudakis contributed to the conference discussion on Shipping in Remote and Peripheral Regions with his
presentation entitled “Greece, South European peripheral regions and remote areas such as the Greek archipelago and Cyprus”. The KvarkenMos conference belonging to the Motorways of the Sea seminar series, began with a dinner in Umeå, Sweden, on Wednesday evening, April 20th 2016. The conference continued on the following day, with a cruise to Vaasa, Finland, focusing on northern transport routes and maritime transport strategies for remote and peripheral regions. In the 1st day of the conference and during the session for Shipping in Remote and Peripheral Regions, Dr. Panayotis Zacharioudakis introduced the situation in the Greek archipelago and Cyprus as an example of the state of Europe’s remote regions. Other speakers of the session were the Minister responsible for Tourism and Transport in the Regional Government of the Azores, Mr. Vitor Fraga, who spoke of the island’s transport situation and future plans. Ms. Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Member of the European Parliament, related in her video message the maritime shipping strategies in Europe’s remote and peripheral regions and presented as an example the archipelago of Madeira, which is under the administration of Portugal. Mr. Nuño Jesus, on the other hand, spoke of the constraints of maritime transport generally the European islands.
The event attracted transport and communications experts, regional and national decision-makers, company representatives, and the coordinators of the TEN-T/Motorways of the Sea (MoS) programme, Mr. Brian Simpson and Mr. José Anselmo, to Umeå on Thursday. Anselmo’s successor, Mr. Wojciech Sopinski, also paid his first visit to Umeå and Vaasa.