Dep. FM Mardas to have series of meetings in Paris




Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas responsible for international economic relations will have a series of meetings with his French counterpart Matthias Fekl and other officials in Paris.

Mardas will meet French entrepreneurs interested in Greece’s privatisations programme, at 16:00. A series of companies have accepted the minister’s invitation and will be present at the meeting to be held at the ambassador’s residence. Among them are representatives of: ALSTOM, CLUB MED, SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, TOTAL, THALES, TALENTIA VINCI, UMIF, SYNTEC, MEDEF as well as top officials of the French Foreign and Finance Ministry.

Later on Wednesday, Mardas will hold talks with MEDEF officials and will meet with the leadership of the international and European department of MEDEF.

On Thursday, the Greek minister will continue his talks with MEDEF and will meet with the General Director of Investments who is very well known French entrepreneur and former President of Renault Louis Schweitzer.

Schweitzer is also president of the organisation “France-Initiative” a network of 230 organisations that support the small and medium sized enterprises by offering loans without guarantees which are called in France “prets d’honneur”.

On Thursday at 16:00 (Athens time) Mardas will meet his French counterpart Matthias Fekl and afterwards he will have a meeting with Greek and foreign members of the press.


Defence Minister briefs parliament committee on latest developments


Defence Minister Panos Kammenos is briefing on Wednesday the Greek parliament’s National Defence and Foreign Affairs committee in an in-camera session.

Kammenos will brief the members of the committee on the latest developments in the migrants issue as well as NATO’s participation-intervention in the migrants-refugees problem in the Aegean Sea.


Greek foreign ministry announces plan

to expand economic relations in 2016


Greece’s Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday its plan to expand international economic relations in 2016, which includes setting up interministrerial committees and business missions to several countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The actions are “within the framework of enhancing our country’s extraversion, supporting export efforts of productive agencies, and expanding bilateral economic and trade cooperation with specific priority countries,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

According to the plan, Greece will form Joint Interministerial Committees with Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, South Korea, Jordan, Russia, Tunisia, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, India and Belarus.

It will also set up business missions to Iran, Jordan, Tunisia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, India, Sweden, Serbia, Romania, Poland, Belarus, South Korea, and the region of Southeast Asia.

Finally, the ministry will form a high-level meeting, with a parallel business mission, aimed at promoting bilateral relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina.