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Mitsotakis Highlights Greek-German Cooperation in Hessischer Kreis Online Forum

ATHENS — Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday afternoon participated in an online discussion on "Greece's development example: bold reforms, smart and sustainable investments in the future", organised by the German forum Hessischer Kreis and the Boston Consulting Group.

During the dialogue between the Prime Minister and Ingo Mandt, a member of the board of Hessischer Kreis, they discussed, among others, the growth dynamics of Greece, the digitisation of the state, the prospects of tourism in 2021 and the relations between Greece and Germany.

Discussing with Ingo Mandt about the relationship between Greece and Germany, Mitsotakis noted that it was no longer a debtor-creditor relationship, it should not be seen through this prism, and that it should be a mutually beneficial relationship, where both business communities will further work together.

"We are implementing an excellent project with Volkswagen in Astypalea, which will become an example of mobility with a neutral environmental footprint. This is an impressive undertaking, mutually beneficial, as it shows everyone what we can do to move faster towards a climate-neutral economy," Mitsotakis said.

Regarding the tourism chapter and Greece's proposal for a digital green certificate for travel, Mitsotakis stressed that he encourages visitors to come to Greece as all health protocols are being observed. "We are not going to make any compromise in terms of safety as we welcome people to Greece during the summer. However, the summer of 2021 is very different from the summer of 2020," he pointed out.

"Last year we were at 25 percent of 2019, this year we hope it will exceed 50 percent," Mitsotakis said, referring to the economic footprint that our country expects this year from tourism.

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