“The port of Corfu, along with other major Greek ports, is not being privatised,” Shipping Minister Fotis Kouvelis stated on Friday, speaking in Corfu.
Kouvelis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency that “a new draft law on the subconcessions is ready to be tabled in parliament for the port of Corfu and a number of other ports. The subconcessions are a totally different legislative framework than that applied in Piraeus and Thessaloniki port. It applies to the rest of major ports, such as the ports of Alexandroupolis, Kavala, Volos, Elefsina, Igoumenitsa, Patras and Corfu”.
The minister explained that the subconcessions will mean that secondary activities and responsibilities can be transferred in the framework of a specific contract, even to private interests, but only in accordance with the rules of legality, transparency and always in the presence of the responsible regulatory authorities. These will be independent authorities charged with monitoring the issues relating to the implementation of laws, either in matters of maritime safety or in the protection of the environment or other issues related with the rules of healthy competition. The regulatory authority will be the one that will supervise, evaluate and control all the above issues. The regulatory authorities are independent authorities that express the public interest,” Kouvelis underlined.