Thessaloniki Port Authority SA organized a business conference entitled "Business Cooperation Prospects with Th. P. A. SA" The event took place at Sheraton Hotel Balkan on October 6, and gathered major Greek investors in Bulgaria. The event was attended by H.E. Mrs. Danae-Madeleine Koumanakou, Ambassador of Greece, Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Spyridon Argyropoulos, Secretary General of HBCB.
Mr. Spyridon Argyropoulos, on behalf of the Board of Directors, greeted the guests and pointed out the importance of the Thessaloniki Port for the whole region. He also stressed out the need of improved infrastructure all over the Balkans.
Mr. Stylianos Aggeloudis, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of the Thessaloniki Port, presented the Port as a modern facility which expands its capacity to meet the growing demands for services. The future plans of the port also include participation of a logistics company, affiliated to the Thessaloniki Port Authority SA, in the creation of freight depots in Bulgaria and in neighboring countries. Such depots would facilitate the goods transporting by simplified procedures and more efficient logistics. This will allow the Greek port to offer more favorable terms to business in Bulgaria and in the region.
The expansion envisages the construction of additional facilities on an area of 550 000 sq.m. with capacity of handling up to 1.2 million containers. The investments for expansion of the container terminal are amounted to EUR 240 million. Part of the funds will be provided by a loan of European Investment Bank.
Enlarging the cooperation with Bulgarian companies and institutions is a priority in the business plan of the Port, which is one of the leading in the Balkans.
"Our collaboration with Bulgarian business is enlarging and we want to continue this trend. Our goal is to offer the most efficient and effective solutions to our Bulgarian partners and to continue our good cooperation with the Bulgarian institutions. We support road and rail infrastructure projects that connect Bulgaria and Greece, and also the combined transport and the easier cross-border cooperation between the two neighboring countries", said Stylianos Aggeloudis.