Sotiris Raptis has been appointed by the General Assembly to lead the European Community Shipowners’ Associations as its new Secretary General. After joining ECSA as Director of Environment and Safety in 2020, he took on the role of Acting Secretary General for the last seven months.
Before joining ECSA in 2020, Raptis (41) held several positions in the European Parliament and in different stakeholder organisations, such as the European Sea Ports Organisation and the NGO Transport & Environment. During his time in T&E, he was involved in a number of campaigns such as the one to include shipping into the ETS.
Raptis is a qualified lawyer, with degrees from the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens and King’s College London. In 2008, he was awarded the European Citizen’s Prize of the European Parliament as member of the “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice.
‘We warmly welcome Sotiris Raptis in his new role as Secretary General and look forward to continuous cooperation in the future,’ says ECSA’s President, Philippos Philis. ‘The European shipping industry is facing unprecedented challenges as we work towards our shared goal of decarbonisation. Achieving strong and effective regulation at EU level is key. At the same time, the pandemic and the Ukrainian war have shown us the need to adapt and become a more resilient and competitive industry. Sotiris combines great expertise, strong ambition, and a committed team, to navigate European shipping through these challenges.’
Raptis: ‘I look forward to continuing my work with the ECSA team, our members and the industry and civil society organisations. The climate crisis, the energy transition and the competitiveness of the sector are major challenges. A number of new EU climate policies will be introduced in the next two years and this marks a make or break moment for the sector. It is essential that the proposals, the ambition and the concerns of the sector are taken into account by the EU institutions. Being an open, constructive and evidence-based partner is a top priority for ECSA.’
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) is the voice of the European shipping industry. Founded in 1965 as “Comité des Associations d’Armateurs des Communautés Européennes (CAACE)”, ECSA promotes the interests of 19 member associations of the EU and Norway. ECSA strives for a regulatory environment that fosters the international competitiveness of European shipping.