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Monday, October 22, 2018

Politicians, the European Commission and Shipping: what is the missing link and the way forward?

There are numerous current challenges facing shipping that require co-ordinated action by all concerned to enable the industry to emerge successfully from the economic crisis.


For this purpose, any decisions affecting the industry which may be taken by politicians should be well-informed by prior consultation with the various sectors of the shipping industry. In this way, politicians - in Brussels and internationally - will have a better understanding of how the industry works and be responsive to its concerns about matters that might substantially affect the industry's growth.


Equally, the industry would need to facilitate a constructive and continuous dialogue with politicians through one representative body.


The London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) offers its 11th Cadwallader event as a platform for the debate of these issues to enable and mark the beginning of constructive discussions between politicians, the European Commission and the industry.


Issues for discussion:


(a)   Lack of interaction between politicians and the shipping industry inhibits a clear understanding of how the industry works.

(b)   Insufficient focus on the industry's concerns by politicians and the European Commission undermines the sustainability of a potent industry.

(c)   Ways of forging future co-operation.


Chairman: The Right Hon. The Lord Hoffmann
Keynote address: Jan Kopernicki - President of the Chamber of Shipping

Proposer: Spyros Polemis - Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping
Seconder: Michael Grey - Lloyd's List

Responder: Fotis Karamitsos - Director, Directorate General Mobility & Transport, The European Commission

Responder: Lee Scott MP - Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport

Date: 24 November 2010 at Lloyds of London

Time: 1700 hours for 1745 hours.

Price: LSLC Members – free. Non-members – GBP 50.00.


If you would like to participate in the debate, please contact the Centre's office on +44 20 7063 9737 or e-mail to: or BOOK ONLINE NOW!


Contact: Sally Woulfe