Livanos Stresses Goal of Promoting the “Greek Diet” Brand

February 1, 2021

ATHENS — Rural Development and Food Μinister Spilios Livanos, in an interview with SKAI TV on Monday, presented the main priorities of the ministry, noting that the goal is to subsidise infrastructure, increase exports, train farmers and promote the "Greek Diet" brand. He also spoke about the new EU Common Agricultural Policy, which will bring 19.7 billion euros to Greece, and stressed the need for judicious investment in infrastructure.

"If we manage our investments in infrastructure soundly and increase production and exports, giving added value to our products, then we will have succeeded. If the money is spent on simple grants then we will have failed, as has been the case in previous decades. Our ally in this effort is the Recovery Fund," Livanos underlined and added: "The priority of the ministry is the promotion, worldwide, of the Greek Diet brand. Greece has the privilege of producing excellent products. These products must acquire an identity, they must acquire a branding as the Greek diet. We have a wealth to consume ourselves and to consume it in large quantities as part of a healthy diet but also as a part of our culture, our tradition and our history, which we must connect with our tourism. Tourists can become the best ambassadors of the Greek diet. But we must understand, first of all, in our families, in our schools, that we must prefer Greek products, not out of nationalism, but because they are better in quality. The primary and secondary sector, which I have the honour to serve, is essentially the driving force for the Greek economy to start at another level. But it must be linked to tourism, culture and our health policy. If we succeed and create this new framework, internally and then externally, I believe in a few years we will work miracles."



ATHENS — Credit ratings company Fitch has revised Greece’s outlook to positive from stable, although it kept the country’s rating at BB, two notches below investment grade.

Top Stories


BOSTON – The newly-elected mayor of Somerville, a town adjacent to Boston and Cambridge, Katjana Ballantyne, was born in Greece and immigrated to the United States at the age of four.


ATHENS – A new initiative to unite the commercial elements of the Hellenic Diaspora with each other and with Greece was launched on January 10 at the Athens War Museum.


ANKARA - After declaring he wants a step back toward diplomacy from aggression against Greece, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on the tough talk and provocations, going after Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and sending fighter jets into Greek airspace.


White House: Russia Prepping Pretext for Ukraine Invasion

WASHINGTON — US intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct "a false-flag operation" in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House.