Greek PM promises to turn public outcry into action after deadly train crash


Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, pledged on Sunday to take action to prevent future accidents like the deadly train crash at Tempi last month.

“I want to begin by saying, with my hand on my heart, that I will never forget what happened at Tempi and why it happened,” Mitsotakis said in his weekly Facebook post.

“I feel that it is now my personal wager to find a solution so that something like this never happens again.”

The Greek Prime Minister said he had noted people’s “perfectly reasonable reaction” to the deaths of 57 people in the train crash and fully sympathised with the unanimous demand of society to finally “change more things more quickly so that we have the country we deserve.”

“I have an obligation to turn these feelings into creative action and this is what I intend to do,” he said.

The first step, Mitsotakis said, was to support families of the dead and injured with a series of financial measures and continued psychological support.

The Greek Prime Minister also said that alongside the management of the train crash, the normal work of government had to continue.

Mitsotakis referred to measures taken over the previous week, such as an increase in the minimum wage to 780 euros a month. He noted Greece was gradually converging with average European incomes and that the new minimum wage was now higher than that of the pre-crisis period.

He also noted the progress made in issuing new pensions and other issues relating to pensioners, as well as the passing of a law to help increase organ donation in Greece.


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