The regulation introduced by the Maritime Affairs ministry on the abolition of duties and rights in favour of third parties for tickets for passengers and vehicles using coastal shipping ships has been ratified in Parliament.
 According to Maritime Affairs Minister Yiannis Diamantidis, the regulation will have an immediate affect on coastal shipping passengers, since fares will decrease by over 10 percent.
Backing the regulation, that was submitted and ratified by the Plenum, as an amendment in the Defence ministry's bill on public contracts for procurements, projects and services, Diamantidis also spoke of the satisfaction of a steadfast demand by all the coastal shipping unions and the rest of the Shipping agencies.
The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party voted in favour and so did the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party.