Kyriakos Mitsotakis undertook the commitment that the timetables will be observed and the land borders will be opened on June 15 during his visit to Thessaloniki. In fact, the Prime Minister stressed that Northern Greece has the advantage that it depends on road tourism and therefore will be able to deal with any epidemiological concerns while supporting tourism.
Progress in the upgrade projects of Northern Greece
At noon, Kyriakos Mitsotakis had successive meetings with the Governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, and the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Konstantinos Zervas, as part of the Prime Minister’s first tour outside Attica, after the partial lifting of health protection measures.
The Prime Minister noted that his goal is to monitor progress in upgrading projects in Thessaloniki and Northern Greece, as the government’s action plan remains active despite the Covid-19 pandemic. He stressed that his goal is to strictly adhere to the set deadlines and for the government to be judged by its actions.
“We are returning to the core of our plan, which is nothing more than a development boom based on investment, public, private, public and private partnerships,” the prime minister said during a meeting with the mayor. “We want our works to speak and not our words and to be judged on the results of our work and not on our announcements,” he said.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked the two elected officials and the Local Government as a whole, emphasizing that without the government’s cooperation with the Regions and Municipalities, the country’s excellent performance in dealing with the health crisis would not have been achieved, a success that significantly boosted Greece’s credibility. on the international stage.
“Without the cooperation of the central government with the local government, we could not have had this extremely important positive result for the country. A result that we all believe in, but above all, it helps to strengthen the credibility of our country, such an important issue in the difficult times we are going through “, he said, talking to the Governor.
Road inlets from the Balkans
Kyriakos Mitsotakis also referred to tourism, pointing out the importance of road inflows in Northern Greece from Balkan countries, which also had good results in dealing with corona.
“Northern Greece has an advantage, as it is more dependent on road tourism, from countries that have so far managed very well in dealing with the pandemic. As a result, they do not cause us many epidemiological concerns, so that we can open the borders with some basic sampling tests and, of course, always observing all the safety protocols “, he said to Mr. Tzitzikostas.
The Prime Minister also welcomed the preparations for the opening of the restaurant, but drew the attention of the citizens, as the country has achieved a lot but the virus has not yet disappeared permanently.
“We have taken very important steps, almost zero in on the new cases. But the danger is always lurking, and the new everyday life we envision has some different rules. So, appeal again, now that the focus is on working and more people will be out – as they should be – the basic rules of avoiding overcrowding and very close contacts, please, as much as possible, we can keep them, “he said. during the dialogue with Mr. Zervas.
Earlier, the Prime Minister visited the “Macedonia” bus station, starting his visit to Thessaloniki. At the station were new buses that have joined the routes of the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization, in the context of the plan that he had announced last autumn, from the TIF podium, for the substantial upgrade of public transport in the city.
500 OASTH buses in circulation within a year
Kyriakos Mitsotakis was informed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Costas Karamanlis, that the OASTH fleet now consists of 350 buses, while the acquisition of another 180 vehicles with a new tender is planned. In this way, the goal of circulating 500 buses in Thessaloniki in twelve months will be achieved, as planned by the government.
“Until September, the image of the city in transport will have changed,” he said. He also noted that in addition to better customer service, the investments made have created almost 400 jobs, while stressing the importance of good cooperation between the state and the private sector.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke with employees and had the opportunity to observe the observance of individual protection measures. Also present at the visit were the Deputy Minister for Transport Affairs, Giannis Kefalogiannis, the President of OASTH, George Skodras, and executives of the Organization and the Organization for Transportation of Thessaloniki.
The Prime Minister’s visit to Thessaloniki coincides with the completion of one year since the victory of New Democracy in the 2019 European elections and the first round of local elections. “A victory that paved the way for our electoral victory in the national elections of July 7,” recalled Kyriakos Mitsotakis.