Greece was elected fifth in the top category of International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Council, during an election held in London, according to the body’s press release.
The following 10 states, elected for the 2018-2019 biennium, were elected in the top (a) category with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, and the United States.
In Category (b) it elected 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.
In Category (c) 20 states were chosen which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.
The Council is the executive organ of IMO and decides on the IMO strategy and budget and makes recommendations to governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.
The newly elected Council will meet for its 119th session (on 7 December) and will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium.