Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Thursday appealed to all sides in the dispute with striking taxi owners to keep their heads, stressing that the country's tourism sector could not be allowed to become a battlefield. His comments followed incidents at Piraeus port earlier the same morning, where striking taxi owners had gathered in protest against government plans to fully liberalise their sector.
The minister underlined that the situation created at Piraeus on Thursday morning was extremely dangerous for tourism, one of the main engines driving the Greek economy.
 “The Greek family makes a living off tourism. It is a sector that each one of us should protect. This is not the time to turn the tourism sector into a ‘battlefield’,” he said, stressing that “in order to protect what we have we should work as a team”.