“Following the historic visit to the United States, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ presence at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the discussions that he had and the response of those he conversed with once against sent the message on a global level that Greece has made a dynamic comeback,” government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said during a press briefing on Thursday.
Greece was shown as the country experiencing a “new Greek miracle”, which had made massive strides in the transformation of its economy and could now attract the interest of economic giants while gaining greater and greater trust on a global basis, Economou said.
At the same time, it was shown to be a country that handled great crises wisely, dealt confidently with external challenges and, while seeking cooperation with all its neighbours on the basis of international law, was also determined in the protection of its sovereignty and sovereign rights, he added.
Economou emphasised that the prime minister had been absolutely clear on this point in his conversation with the WEF’s president, Borge Bende, in which Mitsotakis stressed that Greece will always keep channels of communication open and never be the country that refuses to talk to its neighbours. At the same time, he added, Turkey’s president was simply “wrong” if he thought the Greek premier would back down from defending Greece’s sovereignty and sovereign rights or from “making the case to an international audience that Turkey is behaving as a revisionist power”.
The spokesperson also pointed to a series of significant meetings that Mitsotakis had in Davos with senior figures in major global companies, such as Google or Meta and others, and their praise for Greece’s progress, with references to the advantages which make Greece an attractive destination for investments.
“Greece has therefore made a dynamic comeback after the 10-year crisis, it has made a strong comeback on every level,” Economou said.
He emphasised that this was not automatic but the result of a planning, hard work and professionalism, as well as the high-level representation of the country by the prime minister.
Economou ended the briefing by referring to recent labour law reforms that will come into effect as of July, with the introduction of the Digital Employee Card, saying this would be a valuable tool that will help protect employees from over-exploitation and combat undeclared labour.
Responding to questions, he also commented on the statement made by the Russian foreign ministry spokesperson regarding the Greek government, saying this “increased the list of those displeased by Mr. Mitsotakis’ historic visit to the United States”.
“Greece…defends justice, freedom and democracy. Russia has taken a stand against these ideals with its unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” he added, while noting that the arms sent by Greece to Ukraine will “not be missed by our national defence”.