Speaking to the Kavala section of the radio station "Sto Kokkino", Tzanakopoulos pointed to the economic indicators proving that Greece is turning a page, as well as the statements made by the institutions and European officials. Most importantly, he added, they proved that this is improvement is not temporary, even though the government does not intend to relax its efforts or become complacent.
"We are hearing with pleasure the forecasts of the European institutions, especially those of the European Commission, which show that the atmosphere surrounding the Greek economy has greatly improved," he said.
"The forecasts speak of a dynamic recovery that started in 2017 and will be higher in 2018 and 2019. We already know that 2017 will end, for the first time, with growth rates that will be near 2 pct but this is not the most important thing. What is most important, as the fundamentals of the Greek economy show, is that this is not a passing phenomenon but that, on the contrary, strong foundations are slowly being laid down for long-term sustainable recovery and growth."
Of course, added Tzanakopoulos, the government will not relax because it remains aware that there are still a great many social problems. "There are difficulties which we must address with the greatest possible seriousness. First and foremost is the matter of unemployment, which is a top priority for the Greek government," he said.