Greece Ready for a Big First Wave of Tourists, Varvitsiotis Tells BBC

ATHENS – Greece is now reopening to welcome the first big wave of tourists after its successful handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told BBC News TV on Monday.

He went on to say that Greece received rave reviews for its swift tackling of the pandemic while the Greek economy's restart is progressing very well so far. "We are optimistic that we will welcome millions of tourists again," he added.

Varvitsiotis also aired some criticism about the EU, saying its overall initial response to the pandemic was meager, but Europe eventually picked up pace and there was better EU-wide coordination.

He added that a Franco-German proposal for a 500-billion-euro fund for countries most affected by the pandemic is "in the right direction," but further discussion is needed to reach a compromise.



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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