Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, with the Parthenon in the background, presented the government’s plan for change, in a speech titled “Greece 2021” at the Acropolis Museum. Government Spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili prologued the speech, with greetings from other deputies.
The government chose a place with deep symbolism from where to present its development plan for a change in strategy while trying to change course for the country. His goal was to present a spirit of optimism with the message being issued was that the “best is yet to come.”
For Tsipras, fair growth has nothing to do with what previous governments had said was development. Tsipras spoke of “chaotic differences with those who destroyed the country” and who believed that development had to do with investments with low-cost labor, real estate without care of the environment and reduction of tax contributions for high wage earners and a neoliberal distopia.
The main focus now is reaching one strategic target: promoting fair growth. He said growth means re-integrating the Greek economy in the global division of labor, creating an economy with productive skills, healing the wounds of the welfare state, creating a wide range of productive activities, cooperative schemes of social economy, entrepreneurship oriented towards the production of viable and decently paid jobs.
Commenting on the new privatization fund that will be set up, the premier said it will provide “a rational and beneficial to the public interest usage of state property and stimulate investment activity.”
Tsipras also took a moment to comment on the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was gunned down and stabbed by a man earlier on Thursday, while she was attending an event at her constituency.
“Our common enemy is all those who want to break the unity of the peoples and social forces,” he said and called on all sides “to pay homage to a politician who died unjustly and to hope she is the last victim at a time when hatred in Europe is rekindled and strengthened against sobriety and political discourse.”
He said that development would be based on productive reshuffling and unblocking large works with monetary tools (Juncker packet, NSRF, public programs).
- Firstly, assets data will be gathered to the benefit of the Greek public sector with terms that guarantee the materialization of new investment plans and creation of new employment positions.
- Secondly, the sell-off of a minimum share dividends for their participation in strategic investment aimed at the transfer of technical know-how and cash flow influx.
- Thirdly, the exploitation of assets, such as tourism property and marinas via contracts for the materialization of assets of high added value with multiple benefits for tourism and the Greek economy.