Greece’s high-calibre tech professionals and the reforms the country has implemented make it a desirable investment destination, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday, speaking to a Greek-French development initiative and investment at the Zappeion Hall in Athens.
The inaugural “Growing Together” meeting was co-hosted by the French public investment bank Bpifrance, the Hellenic Development Bank (HDB) and the Hellenic Development Bank of Investments SA (HDBI), and took place under the auspices of the Greek Development and Investment Bank. Ministry. Also participating were investment entities from Greece, France, Germany, Finland and Denmark, which aim to raise a total of €3.3 billion in EU funds targeting tech companies.
“Greece has huge human capital,” Mitsotakis told potential investors, “and that’s particularly important to me: if you focus on the technology sector, I think what many foreign companies have seen in Greece is the quality of our engineers, who come at a lower cost than the European average, and who know how to work very hard.
As he pointed out: “Greece lost 500,000 young people who left during the crisis – very talented young people who took risks and who left Greece. This is the first time they plan to return to Greece.
In a conversation with Bpifrance CEO Nicolas Dufourcq – whom he had met earlier in his office – the Prime Minister also called for stronger cross-European collaboration in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). “Speaking of a true European common market, it is SMEs that need to work more closely together. Below the large multinationals, there are thousands of companies here in Greece, France and other countries that must realize that an investment in another European country should come naturally to them. It shouldn’t be very complicated – at the end of the day, it’s our common market, our advantage,” Mitsotakis said.
He noted that “our real goal is to ensure that we continue our development progress. We are facing several crises, the latest being that of energy prices.
However, he adds that crises also present opportunities, and that “the idea of a green transition is becoming more and more important both from a climate point of view and from a geopolitical point of view. We need greater energy independence.