Greece’s PM reveals key developments aiming to enhance lives of Greeks abroad

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In his latest weekly review, Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis highlighted a series of ground-breaking initiatives aimed at improving the daily lives of Greeks abroad.

The prime minister’s address, shared each Sunday on social media, covered a range of topics, including innovative digital services, positive economic forecasts, and various measures to support vulnerable households.

One of the key announcements was the introduction of the Digital Service for Request Management, a ground breaking initiative allowing consular requests to be processed partially or fully electronically. Currently undergoing testing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff, this service is slated to be fully operational soon in all 125 Greek Consular Authorities across 85 countries globally.

A seminar held last Wednesday focused on the introduction of Digital Service for Request Management.

Additionally, the prime minister unveiled a “Virtual Assistant” service integrated into Greek Consular Authorities‘ websites. Powered by artificial intelligence, this service responds to citizens’ inquiries in Greek and English, as well as 17 other languages, enhancing accessibility and communication.

Turning to economic matters, Mitsotakis shared the encouraging news that Greece ranked third among the 27 EU member-states in terms of growth, according to the EU Commission’s autumn forecast. The country is expected to maintain growth above the Eurozone average until 2025, accompanied by reductions in deficit and debt, increased employment, and a gradual decline in inflation.

Highlighting the government’s fiscally balanced policy, Mitsotakis emphasised that the “growth surplus” would be reinvested in society, with 352 million euros in benefits set to be distributed in December to those most in need, particularly those struggling with the rising cost of living.

The prime minister also addressed measures to curb price hikes, including the Permanent Price Reduction program and fines for those violating laws on unfair profits. He commended the police for making breakthroughs in prosecuting fraud against the state health insurance organisation.

Among other achievements, Mitsotakis welcomed the signing of contracts to upgrade accident and emergency departments in nine state hospitals, the launch of a national program against child obesity, and the initiation of agreements for a new courthouse in Piraeus, scheduled for completion in 2025.

Moreover, the prime minister outlined a new program subsidising the refurbishment of older, unused apartments for affordable rents.

Concluding on a positive note, Mitsotakis celebrated the inclusion of a Greek white wine from western Macedonia in the prestigious list of the top 100 wines in the world for 2023. He emphasised that this recognition reflects the vision of the Greece they aspire to create—a testament to the nation’s potential and achievements.

Source: AMNA.gr.

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