«We now have a significant market “firepower” to promote the necessary radical transformation of the structure of the Greek economy, in terms of green, digital and fair transition“, Stressed the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who met this afternoon at the Maximos Palace with EU Cohesion and Reform Commissioner Elisa Ferreira. «We are very pleased that we have improved our performance in absorbing European funds in the current programming period.“, Noted the Prime Minister, emphasizing that Greece”now appears at the top of the European situation»In terms of absorption of the NSRFThe
Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked Commissioner Ferrera and her team for the productive cooperation and stressed that Greece’s plan for the NSRF 2021-2027 was the first to be approved, while it had preceded rapid approval of the national plan “Greece 2.0»For the evaluation of the resources of the Recovery Fund.
“Greece was really a pioneer, the eyes are on you”
For her part, Commissioner Ferreira pointed out that “the Greece was really a pioneer and worked very hard“, Adding that
«the eyes are on you“, Given that Greece is the first country to receive approval for the NSRF.
At the same time, Ms. Ferreira focused specifically on Greece ‘s commitment to demilitarization of electricity generation by 2028 at the latest: «You are an example. You have already developed many ideas on how you can move forward by being released from a coal-fired industry that has no future. Your progress as well as your commitments have been heard and made known in Europe in the transition to a more sustainable economy».
Georgiadis: “Everyone thought we would have the order of 12% to 13% and in the end it was 8%”
Greece “is an example of success in the European Union“, Noted on the part of the Minister of Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis.
Mr. Georgiadis pointed out that the 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, the Greek economy “exceeded all expectations”.
«Everyone thought we would have the order of 12% to 13% and in the end it was 8%. And one of the reasons we did it was European funding, which we absorbed and managed to evaluate in our economy.“, He stressed.
«I am very optimistic that we are on the right track and of course the release of the economy in 2021, which so far, according to all forecasts, is much better than the initial estimates, is your success“, Underlined the Minister of Development, who remained apart from the national effort and for the support he provided to Greece of the EU.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Development and Investment Adonis Georgiadis, the Deputy Minister of Development and Investment Nikos Papathanasis, the Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, the Minister of Public Investment and the NSRF, Gianfalis and the Minister of Finance .
The dialogue of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with the Commissioner Elisa Ferreira at the beginning of their meeting
Kyriakos Mitsotakis: «I would like to personally thank you for the very constructive cooperation with the team of the Ministry of Development. We are pleased that we have improved our performance in absorbing European funds in the current programming period. It seems that we are at the top of the European situation. I am also particularly pleased that the Greek plan for the NSRF (2021-2027) was, as we have discussed, the first to be approved. And, of course, our plan for the Recovery Fund was also one of the first to be approved».
«Thus, we now have at our disposal a significant force “firepower” to promote the necessary radical transformation of the structure of the Greek economy, in terms of green, digital and fair transition. I understand that tomorrow you will visit Western Macedonia so that you do not have a close picture of the climate of the project. But I must also stress the need to strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, which is a high priority for us. We understand that our users need to become more competitive.»
«We have just introduced new incentives to encourage business mergers to strengthen. Through this type of intervention that will pay lower income tax for the next three years. But of course, European funds are also new, to help bring about this transformation».
«Finally, I am fully aware that when we have different sources of funding we need to be very clear about who is doing what and avoid possible duplication to ensure that everything converges into a coherent plan. So I think we have a plan, we have a vision for the country. We have a very good sense of priorities».
«We know that the Regions will do a lot more work and we want to strengthen them even more. And we also want to ensure that those who have not responded to the challenges do so and that what is done is part of the larger plan. I’m sorry I spoke a little more than I should have, but thank you again for being here and for all your support».
«And I also want to write Portugal about the very impressive version about vaccination. We are not there yet, but it is, I believe, a shining example of what can be achieved when dealing with fake news and leaving little room for those who do not trust return and fact-based medicine. I went through the current data: nine out of ten of those who are hospitalized in the intensive care unit – and we have about 300 people in the intensive care unit in Greece today – are not vaccinated. And some of them are sadly losing their lives. And it is a pity».
Elisa Ferreira: «Mr. Prime Minister, it is a joy for me, a sincere joy, I am not here again. Your country was the first to find me after my teachers took over and it is my pleasure to be here again. Obviously Greece does not stand out from the other EU countries, but the truth is that Greece was really a pioneer and worked very hard. And you must write yourself and your team, as well as the Minister, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis. We worked very hard with him and his team, because, we realized the importance that Greece attaches, in these special conditions, so that it can breathe and get out of the crisis.».
«The Commission was really very active in setting up a set of tools for this situation. You already know what the first ones were. The investment initiative to address the effects of the pandemic (CRII) was launched and is now the REACT and SURE tool. So there was emergency support».
«But now what we have to do is not build on the framework. Thus, the NSRF with the 21 billion euros offered in the Recovery and Sustainability plan, is in fact a very important part, as you mentioned, Mr. Prime Minister, precisely for achieving the goal of a sustainable report, another consistent and coherent. It is a prerequisite for the recovery of the economy, the creation of jobs in an even more sustainable way, in order to be even more in line with the needs related to climate change and new technologies. And I think you are oriented towards the right goals».
«Of course for the time being not all the new steps have been completed. You are the first country to receive the approval of the NSRF, the first country to have this framework agreed, and so the eyes are on you. It is very important to work on the details now because, as we usually say, “the devil is in the details”».
«But progress has already been made, the first steps have been taken, and of course, what matters is that Greece is already back on the path of change. Reconstruction has begun and we really want to support this development».
«Of course, we are talking about development that is related to the environment, to the digital age, but also to a coherent development that concerns all citizens, regardless of where they are. But to make a sufficient strategic change, use a lot of work and a lot of work in the field. So this also requires on-site work. And that is why we also want to work together, with you and with the Regions and the areas facing specific difficulties».
“Kand in this matter our eyes are fixed on you. You are an example. You have already developed many ideas on how you can move forward by being released from a coal-fired industry that has no future. Your progress as well as your commitments have been heard and made known in Europe in the transition to a more sustainable economy».
«So thank you very much. It is my pleasure not to be here under these needs. And our cooperation will proceed to the next phases. The kind of dialogue we have established is very interesting, along with the possibility of no longer improving the mechanism for evaluating resources».
«The head of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Support for Food Reform is also here, and his presence is symbolic in some ways, as it is sometimes the structure, the mechanism that does not always have to do, that does not work properly. It happens here, as in other countries. In fact, it is important to improve the quality of program management and organization».
«Mr Prime Minister, it is a privilege to be here with you and a privilege to work with your team. Congratulations once again. Let’s finish what we started».
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