Gerapetritis: Ιt Won’t Be Easy, but Greek Economy Will Move Forward again

ATHENS – "Ιt will not be an easy test, but I am confident that the economy will move forward again," State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis said on Tuesday in an interview with ERA radio.

Regarding concerns over the re-opening of the schools, he said that he could see no reason to not return to a physical regime of education, provided that health conditions allow this.

If there start to be large gatherings of people after the lifting of the restrictions, the minister added, "we will return to a regime of controlled movement."

Regarding the economic situation, he acknowledged that "the economy has suffered a lot" and added: "I want to be optimistic, my feeling is that the impact on the economy, at least in terms of unemployment, will be limited."

He explained that "we have taken very radical measures to protect employment, to ban layoffs for those who have received benefits."

As a result, he stressed, "I feel that business has stood firm. Of course, it will not be an easy test, but I am optimistic that the economy will move forward again."


The continuation of the pandemic continues to raise hurdles in forecasting the short-term trend of the country's Gross Domestic Product, but based on available data the Greek GDP is expected to rise by 5,2% in the first half of 2022 (7% in the first quarter and 3.

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