Paris, France (PortSEurope) November 25, 2018 – French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has visited the Irish capital Dublin to discuss improving business relations between French and Irish ports. The minister was accompanied by French members of the parliament, local elected officials and representatives from Union des Ports Français (UPF).
The French minister met with Irish Transport Minister Shane Ross in Dublin to discuss European Union (EU) issues and French-Irish maritime relations, including increasing maritime links and cooperation projects.
The UPF met with the Irish Ports Association (IPA) to discuss new logistic and connectivity options, following on from an earlier meeting last July.
The two associations have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance existing direct lines between France and Ireland.
The French minister said, “This aim of increasing cooperation will benefit from the French government’s new comprehensive strategy for port activities”. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port, added: “Dublin Port is delighted to host Minister Borne this morning, and welcomes the strengthening relationship between French and Irish ports now formalised in a new Memorandum of Understanding that will see both sides work in closer partnership.”
The visit is relevant to the ongoing Brexit talks between the UK and the EU.
For the ports of Brest, Roscoff and Saint-Malo, this is a unique opportunity to develop new relations with Dublin, for both passenger and freight traffic.
Union des Ports Français (UPF – Union of Ports of France) is the professional association representing operators of French ports.
It brings together 44 members who bring together the management establishments of French commercial and fishing ports as well as a certain number of auction houses located in metropolitan France and in the overseas departments and territories: major seaports, ports of Paris and Strasbourg, chambers of commerce and industry, semi-public companies and port operating companies.
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