Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlined the need for solidarity and financial support of Europe during a meeting in the Ionian Islands Region in Corfu, which he is visiting on Saturday (11.07.2020).
In addition, Mr. Mitsotakis referred to the development projects of the island, speaking at the meeting attended by the Minister of Development & Investment Adonis Georgiadis, the Minister of Environment and Energy Kostis Hatzidakis and the General Secretary of Coordination of Waste Management Manolis Grafiakis Poliakis, Poliakis Lina Mendoni, the regional governor of the Ionian Islands Rodis Kratsa – Tsagaropoulou and the deputy regional governors of the Ionian.
“It is very important at this time for Europe as a whole to send a message of solidarity and financial support, so that we can get out of the coronavirus crisis as painlessly as possible. We said that we are going to save what we can from this year’s tourist season, putting the safety of visitors and residents of tourist areas first, first and foremost and we insist that safety and hygiene measures, as they have given by experts must be observed even more now that we are beginning to welcome more visitors. “This will become even more intense in the Ionian Islands when they open with Great Britain from July 15, where the number of visitors will increase significantly,” the prime minister said.
Speaking about the strengthening of the Health Regions of Greece, he said: “We have strengthened the Health Regions and the hospital of Corfu and in consultation with the Minister of Health we will install a new molecular analyzer, which will be able to test 500 tests per day.” stressed. Addressing the producers, he called on them to take advantage of the “tools” given to them by the government to support their employees.
“Supporting corporate liquidity so that they can survive at this time is very important to us, and it is very important for us to protect the income of our employees. We have given the tourism companies all the possibilities and the maximum possible flexibility to be able to redeploy their staff, taking into account the special conditions of relatively reduced turnover. We do not want people to be fired in tourist areas. “I appeal to the hoteliers of the island to take advantage of these tools so that the tourism workers can return to the unemployment fund and return to normal activity in 2021, when we will have left this adventure behind us”, the prime minister pointed out .
Closing his short speech in the Region, he referred to the development projects for waste, water, but also the cultural heritage of the island, while he said characteristically that “it is a shame the image he saw in Achilles”:
“It is my personal commitment that we saved this project at the last moment of its disengagement from the Community framework, we will” run “it and we will keep the schedules”, the Prime Minister concluded.
After the Region, Mr. Mitsoakis had a meeting with the mayors of the island, at the Old Town Hall of Corfu San Giacomo, while he visited the Holy Temple of Agios Spyridon.
The visit of the Prime Minister to Corfu will end with his presence at an event for the start of the works of the Kassiopi Project in Erimitis, in Kassiopi.