Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV) President Dimitris Daskalopoulos on Thursday addressed a letter to Federation of German Industries (BDI) President Hans-Peter Keitel, in response to the latter’s comments according to which “no foreign investor will invest in Greece when Greek investors themselves abandon the country”.

In his letter, Daskalopoulos underlined that the Greek business community has been the driving force of the country’s economy before the crisis and during the past two years enterprises have shouldered the burden of increased taxation without complaining. He also stressed that local populists have “demonised” the Greek business activities in the Balkans.

Keitel, who called on Greek industrialists to behave like “patriots”, allegedly made the statement on the sidelines of a BDI conference in Berlin last week, which focused on promoting investments in Greece.

Similar statements were made by German Economics and Technology Minister Philipp Roesler earlier in the day, hours before his arrival in Greece, characterising as odd the fact that efforts are being made outside Greece to find investors and, at the same time, Greek investors are leaving their own country.