Opposition Leader Mitsotakis: ‘Prespa Agreement Detrimental to Enterprises in Northern Greece’



Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Thessaloniki Summit 2018. Photo by AMNA

The leader of the opposition center-right New Democracy party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said that the agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), also known as Prespa agreement, is detrimental to thousands of enterprises in Northern Greece, as it questions their right to use the term “Macedonia” in their name or their products, and he questioned the method of resolving the issue.

Mitsotakis, talking to Thessaloniki Summit 2018 also referred to the economy, saying that Greece will be able to play a leading role in the Balkans if its economy is strong, privatizations move ahead and unemployment is reduced.

Criticizing the SYRIZA-led government, he also said that the Greek economy’s productivity dropped by 12 percent, while the burden of taxes and social insurance contributions on business rose, contributing to Greece’s ranking dropping by five in the World Bank’s report on competitiveness.

”The Greek economy is the least free economy in the eurozone today, and one of the least productive”, Mitsotakis said and added that ”the Greek people work hard without producing much and without being paid well either”, warning that ”as long as Greece doesn’t focus on increasing its GDP and job positions, Greece’s future will be undermined”.

(With information from A.M.N.A.)