The Prime Minister expressed his will to support all those who are being tested Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who pays a visit to Serres.
“We have a difficult winter ahead of us. We will stand by every Greek woman and every Greek man who is tested. We will respect the fiscal limits which force us to exercise self-restraint and not return to the excesses of the past and we will prove once again that this faction is not for the easy, it is for the difficult and can always overcome and move the country forward in front”, stressed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to citizens of Serron and executives of New Democracy who had gathered to welcome him in a cafe in the center of the city.
“This crisis was not the result of our own choices, but we have to manage it and just as we managed the coronavirus crisis and came out stronger from it, we will also face the energy crisis. A little patience until Thessaloniki International Exhibition, that I will be given the opportunity to present the support framework for the Greek economy and Greek society for the difficult winter that is coming“, added the Prime Minister.
Kostas Karamanlis: All the New Democrats are united with you
The Prime Minister was welcomed by the Minister of Transport Kostas Karamanlis, who in his greeting emphasized: “Mr. President, welcome to the city of Serres, welcome to his birthplace Konstantinou Karamanlis and I want you to know that all the New Democrats are a fist together with you so that we can overcome the big problems of the country, but also all Greeks, with one mind above all and with unity.
Today we had the pleasure with the President and dear colleagues to visit three important projects that have been done in our country. Along with all the other projects that are being done in Serres and in Northern Greece, Greece and Northern Greece is leaving the past behind and for that we have to say a big thank you. Because the President has always been beside all of us to make this project a reality. Once again, Mr. President, thank you for your visit, all colleagues, all members of parliament, the Mayor, who is a valuable partner, thank you, and we wish you good courage for the rest of the many years ahead of you.”
In the 2023 elections, the people will judge and compare, Greece is not turning back
“With projects big and small we respond to the whining and undermining of our political opponents and your presence here today is the best proof that the New Democracy it is strong, it enjoys the trust of the Greek people and it will go to the elections that will be held in 2023 with confidence. So that the Greek people can judge and compare our own work in the midst of multiple crises, with the “work” of some others, who again want to claim – what I wonder if – the possibility of turning us back. Greece does not turn back, it only looks forward and this is the message I want to send today, here from Serres. We are going through difficult times, in the midst of an unprecedented geopolitical and energy crisis. I don’t think there has been a government that has handled more difficulties in such a short period of time, as the government of the New Democracy in these three years”said Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
We stopped standing, the country stood up, the country progressed. Greece today is much stronger than it was three years ago. It is more powerful geopolitically, it is more powerful economically, its opinion counts inside and outside Greece”, added the Prime Minister.
A story from the 70s with Konstantinos Karamanlis
“As I was walking down the street that bears the name of the Patriarch and founder of our faction, Konstantinos Karamanlis, I was greeted by the Mayor who was kind enough to give me a photo from the mid-70s, where a small a boy in a nice costume greets Konstantinos Karamanlis. I was 8 years old and this photo will find its place on my desk to honor in this way a great, a great politician who left an indelible mark on the history of our country, whose great national choices, with more importance the country’s integration into the European family, today they are justified more than ever“, said the Prime Minister.
Support in the primary sector and extroversion
As part of his tour on Serres, The Kyriakos Mitsotakis earlier visited another family business, the “Korifi” Dairy Products Industry, whose history began in 1930.
“I am especially glad to visit a dynamic business of his primary sector. Let me congratulate you on the good work you are doing and point out that our government has always stood by the primary sector, supporting it with a number of measures”, emphasized the Prime Minister and added: “Perhaps the most important was to ensure the quality of the iconic national product that is feta, not only to protect it against claims from other countries, but also to ensure that real feta finally gets the price it deserves. And in order to do this, the scourge of illegal Greekization had to be fought, so that our farmers, tens of thousands of farmers who feed a unit like the one we are visiting today with 15 tons of milk a day, know that they too can get a decent price that will allow them to continue the work they are doing.”
The Prime Minister was given a tour of the company’s facilities and in particular the production unit by Zafeiris Kanakaris, the owner.
Referring to the important role of exports, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis pointed out that “the future is in quality and extroversion. The company I am visiting today is an export company. In this way, with quality products that hold the Greek flag high, we conquer foreign markets. And I think we’ve proven over time that this is a mission that our government can serve.”
It is noted that the company “KORYFI” operates in the wholesale sector and 60% of its activity concerns exclusively exports.
New school infrastructures
At the next stop, the Prime Minister visited the New Souli Serron where he was received by the Mayor Dimitris Notas and had the opportunity to chat with local residents. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Kostas Karamanlis.
At then they walked with the Mayor to the new building of the Primary School of Neos Soulis in order to meet the Principal Konstantinos Staikopoulos, the teachers and the administrative staff of the school. This was followed by a short tour of the Prime Minister in the new facilities.
The upgrade of the school unit, attended by 119 students, was decided in 2019 as the old facilities were built in the 1930s and had ceased to meet educational needs. The overall upgrade took place over a period of two years and the new, modern facilities will welcome students for the new school year.
As part of the upgrading of the educational infrastructure of the area, the construction of the new Nursery School of Neos Soulis has been tendered. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
Upgrade and “reunion” for the Psychiatric Clinic of G/N Serres
Then the Prime Minister visited its new wing under construction Psychiatric Clinic of Serres General Hospital. The project will enable the relocation of the Clinic, which is still housed in the structures of the old hospital, to the new hospital complex on the outskirts of the city.
In this way, the patients’ living conditions will be substantially improved and their follow-up by doctors of other specialties will be particularly facilitated, as well as their submission to laboratory tests, which currently requires their transportation to the new hospital by ambulance. The new wing will have a capacity of 18 beds and will be connected to the main building via an inter-departmental corridor.
The Prime Minister was informed about the progress of the works by the Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Parliament of Serres of the New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis, he spoke with workers. He was informed by the Governor of the Hospital, Nikolas Farmakis, and the Governor of the 4th Ministry of Health, Dimitris Tsalikakis, about the operation of the institution and about the ongoing energy upgrading projects of its infrastructure, which are estimated to reduce its operating expenses by 45%, i.e. by 500,000 euros per year.
The reunification of the Psychiatric Clinic with the other units of the Serres Hospital has been a constant request of the local community and the respective administrations of the Hospital for almost 20 years. The project, with a budget of 1.8 million euros, was included in the Public Investment Program 2021.
“Thank you to all the men and women of the Fire Department”
The Prime Minister’s next stop was the Serres Fire Service, where he attended the signing of the contract for the construction of a new fire station, as the structure where the fire brigade is currently housed dates back to 1960.
“I am glad that you will get a new fire station, which will fully meet the needs of you and your staff and we will also be vigilant so that the project is delivered on schedule and in two years you can leave here and go in new facilities”, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during the event.
The new station will be well-equipped, with a firefighter training area, six-vehicle garage and vehicle maintenance area, while the location chosen for its construction offers easy access to the commuter road.
The Prime Minister had the opportunity to talk to firefighters serving in Serres and expressed to them the state’s gratitude for the self-sacrificing work performed by all members of the Fire Brigade.
“Again to you, congratulations, we thank all the women and men of the Fire Department, wherever they are, throughout the territory, for the great work they are doing again this summer,” the Prime Minister emphasized.
The Prime Minister also visited the Metropolitan of Serres and Nigritis, Mr. Theologos, at the offices of the Metropolis.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport and Member of Parliament of Serres of the New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis, the Members of Parliament of Serres of the ND Fotini Arambatzi, Tasos Hatzivasileiou and Theofilos Leontaridis, the Mayor of Serres Alexandros Chrysafis and the Secretary of the Political Committee of the ND, Pavlos Marinakis.
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