Government gears up for Thessaloniki International Fair

Government gears up for Thessaloniki International Fair

The government is preparing for the Prime Minister’s customary speech and policy statement at this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) at the weekend.

Ahead of the 84th TIF, PM Kyriacos Mitsotakis, will meet with stakeholders on Monday – including workers unions, the Federation of Enterprises, etc. – for talks.

Last week, the premier met with local stakeholders and business representatives in Thessaloniki and northern Greece to discuss their concerns and ideas about the region and the government’s plans to promote a pro-growth and reform agenda.

Mitsotakis said his administration will seek to implement a “cohesive strategy” for northern Greece “in which Thessaloniki plays a leading role”. He promised to reveal more at the weekend, during the customary TIF opening speech and subsequent press conference.

The Greek premier also revealed that he will be revealing plans to address issues faced by citizens and business in the wider Macedonia and Thrace region, as well as the rest of the country.

Government sources have left open the possibility of Mitsotakis announcing a further set of surprise tax cuts, most probably to boost the tourism industry. He is also expected to present the results of his recent meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, especially in terms of how his reform agenda was received by the Eurozone leaders.

In the run-up to the Fair, the Mitsotakis administration is also expected to have put a draft bill aimed at promoting growth to public consultation. The government has invested much capital in this piece of legislation, which is hoped will help unblock investment projects by cutting red tape and attracting foreign direct investment./ibna