Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is visiting Berlin on Thursday.
The prime minister is aiming to attract foreign direct investment and present Greece's reform plan as well as to discuss with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the major development actions for Greece in the next decade (2020-2030) in the areas of environment and energy.
Mitsotakis will meet with German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz at 11.00 (Athens time) and with Angela Merkel at 13.00. Statements will follow after the meeting. The agenda of the meeting includes economic issues, as well as developments in Southeast Europe and migration.
According to government sources, "this is the first visit of a Greek prime minister to Berlin after the crisis. That is why Mitsotakis is not traveling to the German capital to raise issues that can be resolved by European institutions and the Eurogroup, but to discuss with the German Chancellor issues concerning Europe's present and future, such as security and cooperation in Southeast Europe and, of course, the role of a strong Greece in our neighborhood and in the EU."
Mitsotakis' visit to Berlin and the meeting with Merkel will open a new chapter, with the prime minister raising specific issues such as Greek-German economic contacts, migration and the relationship with Turkey. The prime minister's aim, as he has stated, is always to "change the narrative of Greece in European capitals". Through his reform programme he aspires to "make Greece a pleasant growth surprise in the European Union."
The prime minister is accompanied by government spokesman Stelios Petsas, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras and Alternate Citizen Protection Minister, responsible for migration issues, George Koumoutsakos.
Greece and Germany are in close partnership, which Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Mitsotakis wish to deepen, the Chancellorship stressed.
Merkel and Mitsotakis will hold a joint press conference, at 14.15.