“From now on, after August 20, we are leaving the period of austerity and surveillance firmly behind us,” the new Interior Minister Alexis Charitsis said on Wednesday in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, the first since taking on his new role.
The task in hand, he added, was how to make this transition to a new historic phase for the Greek economy and Greek society apparent, so that it was reflected in the daily life of Greek people.
The minister noted that, ahead of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), the priority will be the implementation of measures to support labour and correct injustices, through “immediate measures that are understood by the citizens, so that it is clear that we have entered this new phase.”
In this context, he stressed that efforts to restore growth were crucial and Greece must continue implementing a strategy adopted by the Greek government in preceding months to adopt a new model for production and attracting investments.
During the interview, Charitsis outlined a package of priority measures adopted by the interior ministry and said that the great wager going forward was to continue reforms and changes along the lines of “deepening democracy and enhancing people’s participation in public affairs.”
Ahead of his meeting with local authority officials and agencies, the interior minister said the government had shown that its goal was to achieve “synthesis and consensus” while sending a clear message that the Kleisthenes plan was a law of the state and a reform that must be implemented.
Another priority, Charitsis said was to continue and accelerate efforts to grant citizenship to those eligible under the law.
During the interview, he also commented on what he called “sexist” remarks about the new Macedonia-Thrace deputy minister, Katerina Notopoulou, saying they revealed deeply ingrained sexist beliefs in a section of those involved with and commenting on public affairs, “as well as the hypocrisy of others who self-identify as liberals”.
The full televised interview in Greek is available at the web-page: