SYRIZA, with an official statement, announced that Tsipras’ absence from the ceremony symbolizes the party’s disagreement with the coalition government’s priorities during the Greek presidency.
Greece’s government had reported that the main goals during the EU presidency are the promotion of economic development and the creation of new job positions, transparency in financial transactions and fighting against tax evasion, the tackling of illegal immigration and striking. At the same time, focus will also be placed on the right balance with the protection of human rights and the adoption of a maritime policy with emphasis put on security and growth.
Due to the ceremony, safety measures are expected to be high throughout Wednesday with heavy police presence and traffic restrictions across Athens center. The police has imposed an 18-hour ban on protests in the city center, starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday.