ATHENS — "The government, with the consent of the Committee of Experts, is gradually opening up economic and social activities," government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said on Thursday during a press briefing.
"In fact, we can be sure that as the global storm subsides and we move on to the new normality, a new period of dynamic economic growth and collective recovery of society will begin for our country," she stressed.
She added: "The European Commission, already revising its estimates upwards, forecasts Greek growth rates of 4.1 pct in 2021 and 6 pct in 2022. It recognises that the measures taken by the government have managed to mitigate the recession and effectively support employment. It anticipates a strong stimulus to the economy from the Recovery and Resilience Plan and the promotion of the projects envisaged in it. It also pointed out the contribution of the gradual opening of tourism and underlined that as the vaccination programme progresses, along with the gradual relaxation of the measures, private consumption will increase."
Moreover, she emphasised that the vaccination programme must continue to accelerate, saying that this was "particularly important for the protection of public health, for the safe resumption of activities, but also to send a positive message that Greece is a safe destination."
As for the opening of tourism, the government spokesperson said that Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis will provide details on Thursday afternoon.