The European Commission supports Greece financially, politically and operationally, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Sunday, while visiting the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).
"We are monitoring what is happening in the Aegean," he said, noting that Greece has for some time been "called upon to play a very important role, not just to defend and better control its own borders but to better manage our common European borders," he added.
The Commissioner made the comment in relation to migration, noting that this was once again at the forefront as he term at the Commission was drawing to a close in 1.5 months.
He also commented on TIF, saying that it was important for growth and this year "coincides with a new start for Greece, which is now on a clear growth trajectory after a long period of economic recession."
"The initiatives undertaken by the Greek government have the undivided support of the European Commission. Greece is returning to normality and is emerging as a central factor for growth in the wider region," the Commissioner said.
Avramopoulos visited the European Commission Representation's stand at TIF, whose theme highlighted European policies for Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) products, noting the Commission's support for Greek products, Greek exports and Greek farmers.
"Greece is back on the map ...with a quality of products that can compete with the best in Europe," he added.
Avramopoulos said Thessaloniki was a crucial factor for the economy of the region and that the city could dominate in the new conditions with "specific initiatives and strategy that are guaranteed by the Greek government, which has given it a lead in the strategic plans for the wider region of southeastern Europe."
The Commissioner also visited the other stands in the exhibition, including India's pavilion, noting that India was a key partner of the EU.
Referring to migration, Avramopoulos said that migration and security issues had returned to the forefront and that much needed to be done in the 1.5 months that remained of his term at the Commission, again emphasising the European Commission's support for Greece.