By Martha Lekkakou – The Greek Observer
Against the very communication strategy of the SYRIZA-ANEL government claiming that the country is returning to a sense of normality, New Democracy, and its leader, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis will attempt to argue that the only real political entity that can actually guarantee the country’s economic development is the center-right party.
Actually, this will be the basis for his communication strategy during Mr. Mitsotakis’ visit to the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), as well as putting forward the pretext of being a responsible political power and the emergence of New Democracy’s government with its leader at its helm, whenever national elections are held.
With the summer holidays coming to an end – at least for the leading actors of the Greek political scene – the high ranking members of staff of New Democracy that participate in the formation of the party’s economic and fiscal agenda are “coming forward” and are communicating the party’s positions to all media outlets – emphasizing the unquestionable – as they claim – primacy of the center-right faction in attracting investments and by harshly critising the SYRIZA government for its positions and political obsessions against the free market economy.
Fewer taxes, less government spending, Opening up to entrepreneurship
A particularly strong message is put across, by the liberal vice-president of New Democracy Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis, aiming at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). During an interview at the Athenian Press Agency, he emphasized on the three basic policy pillars “Fewer taxes, less government spending, Opening up to entrepreneurship”. New Democracy will keep emphasizing, that as one of the major political forces in the country, it holds great responsibility, and this has been proven by its overall stance during the years. It is the only political power that has the required added value in order to restore the country’s credibility, to attract new foreign and direct investments so as to create new jobs, and as Mr. Hatzidakis states “bring wages and paychecks to homes”.
With regards to investments, Mr. Mitsotakis is expected at TIF to attempt to deconstruct the government’s arguments and Mr. Tsipras using as an example the investment in Skouries in Chalkidiki, where the confrontation has reached unprecedented levels with the company sending “out-of-court” citations to upstanding members of the government threatening even to leave the country and thus revoke and forfeit any investment in the region. He is also expected to address the ongoing delays of the largest investment, which is being held back, in Hellenicon, part of which has been declared to be a forest as well as the fact that the government considers the silos in the Port of Piraeus to be an archeological site and thus stalling any potential investments.
“Few words because we want to make everything happen and achieve the most”
Effectively, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis will argue and put forward the argument that all major investments in the country, which are now being debated upon, were started off during the tenure of the New Democracy government (both under the tenure of Mr. Antonis Samaras and Mr. Konstantinos Karamanlis), since free market economics and the creation of a favorable environment for entrepreneurship and investment ideologically belong within the political and philosophical realm of New Democracy. With the regards to benefits, Mr. Hatzidakis is setting the tone and overall policy for New Democracy by stating that “Few words because we want to make everything happen and achieve the most”.
Mr. Hatzidakis often states that New Democracy policy will have positive effects and will bring about quite pleasant surprises to those will to invest in the country and to those willing to further support business and entrepreneurship in the country. One of the major policy aims of New Democracy – when it comes to power and forms a government – is to attract foreign investments of 100 billion euros. On the question, with whom it will form a government if it fails to achieve an overall majority, the answer is with parties and political forces that are effectively pro-European and non-partisan individuals which are currently out of Parliament thus forming a new National Team./IBNA