Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday unveiled plans to set up an Office of the Prime Minister in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, during a meeting with northern Greece-based industry and business associations at the Maximos Mansion in Athens. The meeting, lasting three hours, was held ahead of the prime minister's visit to the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on September 10-11.
According to sources from the organisations attending the meeting, Tsipras said he would set up a branch of the premier's office in Thessaloniki where he will meet with Thessaloniki and northern-Greece based bodies, as well as Balkan leaders visiting Greece.
While receiving representatives of the associations on Thursday, Tsipras had invited them to become "allies in the great efforts for the recovery and productive reconstruction of the country."
"We will strive not to hold this dialogue annually and opportunistically each September when TIF comes around but make it constant, so that we can find the best possible solutions for the problems that you face and we face," Tsipras said.