High-level political and economic officials meet in Athens on Greece-Ukraine collaboration

The works of the 6th Joint Interministerial Work Group for the Economic, Industrial, Scientific, and Technical Collaboration of Greece-Ukraine concluded in Athens on Thursday, under the direction of Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Kostas Fragogiannis and Ukrainia State Minister Oleh Nemchinov.

The Work Group committee included high-level officials from several Greek ministries, officials of Enterprise Greece and of European Space Agency, as well as president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA). A memorandum of understanding was signed between Enterprise Greece and the Ukrainian corresponding exports agency Ukraineinvest.

Conference on Rebuilding Ukraine

Also held the same day was an International Conference on Rebuilding Ukraine. It was organized by the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis welcomed participants of the Conference in Athens and reiterated that Greece “fully supports Ukraine’s independence in the framework of its recognized sovereign borders,” adding that “no revisitionist attempt can stand in contemporary times.” The Conference’s purpose is to highlight Greece’s steadfast political commitment and solidarity to Ukraine, he underlined, and to contribute its expertise through the contribution of Greek private sector, especially in Ukraine’s green, social, and digital transformation.

Fragogiannis, who made a brief statement at the conference, underlined the need for immediate action to support Ukraine at EU and bilateral level. Greece, he said, is prepared to contribute in every possible way to Ukraine’s rebuilding.

The Conference focused on the sectors of construction, transport, energy, information technology, startups, and health. Speakers include high-level European Commission officials (DG NEAR) and the Ukraine government, as well as from development banks (EIB and EBRD), among others.

Staikouras, Nemchinov

Greek Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras met with Nemchinov to discuss collaboration in transportation. Staikouras said Greece supports expanding EU transport corriodors to Ukraine and an uninterrupted cycle of exports-imports. He also detailed a Greek initiative for a pilot train running an alternative route from Ukraine to Greece (Alexandroupolis), through Romania and Bulgaria, and in cooperation with these two countries.