IRISL, Significant Partner for European Industries.
Ms. Maja Bakran Marcich held various positions in the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs between 1996 and 2016. Based in Brussels from 1999 until 2011, she was responsible for horizontal coordination of the Croatian accession negotiations. In 2011, she moved back to Zagreb and was responsible for setting up and management of the system of national coordination of European Affairs. In 2015 she became Assistant Minister for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
On 1 December 2016, she became Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, responsible for coordinating the activities related to investment, innovative and sustainable transport, in support of President Juncker's political priorities.
Payam Darya magazine has managed to conduct an exclusive interview with Ms. Maja Bakran Marcich, you will browse the transcript of this interview in the upcoming section.
1) Given US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, what plans and strategies do you have for keeping maritime cooperation with Iran?
As you may well know, the numerous statements have come out from EU Foreign ministers and the high representatives in this regard so far, the European Union has regretted the re-imposition of sanctions by US. On the European side, we firmly support JCPOA and now we are engaged with member of states to see that in this situation, what kind of technical means can be found, so that we can work together and continue our cooperation with Iran. We need to exchange information and know about each other’s methods and legislations to prepare the necessary grounds for cooperation, and we do hope to see further improvement in our relationship with Iran in the near future.
2) Do you think that considering the new conditions, it would be possible for Iranian ships to commute to European ports?
At this moment we are closely studying the current situation and the relevant legal documents. The next step is to discuss with the Member States and to decide on our future positions.
3) What do you think about the role of IRISL in expanding cooperation?
Iran is very important country and has a very strategic position. looking through history highlights that certainly, Iran has the potential to be a very important logistic part in the near future, based on this, Islamic Republic of Iran shipping line as a national company can be remain as a very significant partner for European industries.
4) Recently, one of the most important issues in the shipping industry is the implementation of IMO low-sulphur law from January 2020, what plans does EU have in this regard?
EU has been very active in negotiations on this issue. We fully support the IMO decision. In the EU we already have experience with introduction of low-sulphur standards, and they are very useful. It is critical for all in the business to prepare, and to start preparing on time. EU plays a leading role in accepting and implementing new standards, as you may know, in the north we have sulphur- free zone for quite some years. Therefore, we enjoy very good and constructive experience. From January 2020, our ship owners will have to adapt to them and we are sure that this will be possible.
5) Do you think that the shipping industry is ready to accept this new strict law?
Shipping industry needs to wake up, and to start with very serious preparations. We had a big debate in Europe as well, there is certainly sufficient time, and we are calling on all to start working.