Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasised the good news concerning major investments in Greece, during a meeting on Monday with representatives of the country's largest trade union and business associations ahead of the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). According to sources, the meeting with the social partner organisations was held in an atmosphere of "constructive cooperation".
"We already have some very good news on the front of a series of major investments, with what's happening at Helliniko, what's happening with the submission of a new COSCO master plan for a real upgrade of Piraeus port, what's happening with respect to developments at the Skaramangas shipyards," he said, noting that major private investments were getting underway.
Mitsotakis said the government will be unveiling a "bold plan for growth" for public consultation within the week and was available to talk about the many problems that existed in the market, both older and more recent.
Noting that he was always "willing and open" to hear their views, Mitsotakis also took the opportunity to repeat his position that "the state will support entrepreneurship with every incentive for its growth but demands that it also responds to its social role." He stressed that businesses must respect the law and meet their obligations, taking care of their employees and the environment.
"This is the truth pact that I spoke of many times, when I was still opposition leader, and which I now call on you to put into action," he added.
Mitsotakis asked the social partners to submit their views on the 120-installment debt settlement measure and the significant improvement in figures for employment and the economic sentiment index in August, as well as the new development law.
"I expect specific positions and proposals from the social partners on growth because only this can lead to Greece becoming truly self-reliant. This is the key to permanently overcoming the crisis and the only path for the prosperity of citizens through the country," Mitsotakis said, noting that the government's slogan for TIF will be "Growth for All".
The prime minister met with representatives of Greece's largest umbrella trade union group for the private sector, the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), as well as the trade, commerce and industry associations Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE), the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE), the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) and the Federation of Industries of Greece (SBE).