Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Friday held a meeting with the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) presidency, discussing issues concerning shipping and enterprise. The meeting was also attended by high-ranking ND officials, including ND's 'shadow' minister for shipping issues Yiannis Plakiotakis.

After the meeting, Plakiotakis said the main opposition was against the government's decision to separate the coast guard from mercantile shipping and would ensure their "reconnection" once in power.

"PASOK, through its policies, is depriving Greek ship owners of having a uniform and stable institutional framework. It is unjustifiably risking on of the pillars of our national economy, at a time when we are obliged to invest in our comparative advantages," Plakiotakis added.