Early September is the time when Greek heads of government traditionally present new state constructions, in preparation for upcoming pledges in their Thessaloniki International Fair speech. Alexis Tsipras is certainly no exception.
While officially inaugurating the Ionian Highway, a brand new road running across northwestern Greece, the prime minister described it as “a strategic project for all Greece and the Epirus region, which upgrades the country’s role in the wider region.”
According to the prime minister, projects such as this will help usher in a new era of equitable growth, whose benefits will spread to even the weakest members of society.
Speaking at the Episkopiko services station, just before the Ionian Highway links up to the Egnatia Highway, the PM said it would help upgrade trade, tourism and transport for all western Greece and Epirus, lifting the region out of its present isolation.
The benefits from the Ionian Highway will be maximized if it is included in a wider plan, which includes the construction of a new port in Igoumenitsa, a connection linking the Ionian Highway with Preveza and Agrinio and its extension to Kakavia on the Greek-Albanian border, Tsipras stated.
The Prime Minister underlined that with the Ionian Highway, the airport of Ioannina is being upgraded into a hub airport for tourists. “The country is well on its way out of the economic crisis,” he stressed, adding that Greece is turning a page.