Regional Development and Competitiveness Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis on Saturday inaugurated the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), expressing confidence that Greece will be able to "pull through" the current crisis provided that Europe also "rose to the occasion".
"We are determined to make all the decisions necessary to pare down the wasteful state sector, radically improve the business environment and clash with the bonds that keep the economy's competitiveness and the country's productivity pinned down. [We are determined] to protect social cohesion. Greece can pull through," he said shortly after inaugurating the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair.
He warned, however, that Europe must move toward implementation of the decisions of the July 21 summit since inertia would spell disaster for all sides.
Following the inauguration, the minister met the management of fair organisers HELEXPO and the management of TIF.
The opening of the fair was attended by Alternate Development Minister Sokratis Xynidis and Deputy Development Minister Thanos Moraitis, Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, the Macedonia-Thrace authority secretary Thymios Sokos, Macedonia-Thrace General Secretary George Hatzikon-stantinou and the leadership of TIF and HELEXPO.
During a blessing ceremony at the opening of the fair, Thessaloniki Metropolitan Anthimos read out a message from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and also stressed the need for Greece's political parties to display and sense of 'unity, common understanding, love, honour, respect and a sense of sacrifice for the country'.