ATHENS — Greece's excellent collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the importance of investments for the growth of the Greek economy, with emphasis on the creation of new and well-paid jobs, were discussed during a video call between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso.
At the same time, according to sources, they also discussed an increase in the EBRD's financial support to the private and financial sector, as well as its contribution to the Recovery Fund projects and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the final phases of planning.
Other topics discussed included energy issues, such as well the phasing out of lignite, and the further development of synergies with the Greek Development Bank on the level of financing products.
Other participants in the online meeting included Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, Deputy Development and Investments Minister Yiannis Tsakiris and the head of the Prime Minister's economic bureau, Alexis Patelis.
Participating on behalf of the EBRD's were its First Vice President Jürgen Rigterink, Vice President Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President Alain Pilloux, the regional executive director for central and southeastern Europe Charlotte Ruhe, the head of EBRD in Greece, Andreea Moraru, and the alternate director for governance and political affairs, Oleg Levitin.