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Greek PM outlines policy priorities

17 Sep 2023, 08:05 GMT+10

ATHENS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined on Saturday the government's policy priorities for the coming months at a trade fair in Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

Delivering a speech during the 87th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), he announced a series of measures aimed at strengthening the public healthcare system, accelerating the delivery of justice, combating tax evasion, and improving the prevention and response mechanism to natural disasters.

The destructive major wildfires of this summer and the deadly floods last week have led to a radical redrawing of policies for the future, Mitsotakis said, according to Greek national broadcaster ERT.

"What the state and citizens have lost, will be recovered and we will work together... We will do our best so that this unequal battle with the climate crisis does not become a lost battle," he added.

Based on the current strength of the national economy, Mitsotakis announced new increases in pensions and wages in the private sector as of Jan.1, 2024.

He also promised to support vulnerable households to cope with increased energy costs and to keep prices of basic products low.

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