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Mitsotakis Meets with European Commissioner for Environment

November 11, 2021

ATHENS – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met on Thursday with the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans & Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius at the Maximos Mansion.

Mitsotakis stressed that Greece was fully focused on the effort to make the green transition in Greece “work for all” and described Greece’s agenda on these issues as “bold but realistic”. He said the Greek government looked forward to cooperating with the European Commission in order to make best use of the funds from the Recovery and Resilience Plan, and to putting the green transition in motion while also creating a great many jobs.

“I believe that we can very convincingly support our arguments on the need to protect the environment. Reinforcing biodiversity is, at least in Greece’s case, not only an imperative need from an ecological point of view but also a self-evident choice from an economic point of view,” he added.

European Commissioner Sinkevicius, on his part, noted that Greece’s approach to the Green Deal – namely, as an opportunity – was very important:

“What we are trying to do is to prove that the Green Deal is not an environmental law or legislation for the climate but a horizontal change that will affect many and different sectors. Naturally, of course, in this transition there must be a place for everyone because the Green Deal can only be implemented if everyone participates. If anyone is left behind, then the Green Deal will fail,” he said.

Climate Crisis & Civil Protection Christos Stylianides also met with European Commissioner Sinkevičius on Thursday.

The commissioner is on his first official visit to Greece to discuss the EU Green Deal agenda. He has already met with the prime minister and was scheduled to meet with several ministers as well as to visit wildfire-afflicted areas.

With Stylianides, he discussed managing the climate crisis, and the RescEU mechanism for natural disasters.

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