New technologies can be bridges between the peoples of the Balkans, Pappas says
New technologies can become quick and direct bridges between economies and peoples, increasing understanding and facilitating the access of citizens from one country to the other, opening the way for the Balkans to become a place of shared growth and collaboration,” Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas said during his visit to Skopje on Monday.
The Greek minister who is paying a two-day official visit to North Macedonia, was present at the inauguration of the technological park in Skopje and had a brief discussion with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, with whom he will meet in private at 19:00.
“The Balkans,” noted Pappas “have suffered from conflicts and I believe that Greece, with the Prespes Agreement and the initiatives we will assume from now on, will play a key role to change this reality for good in the coming years.”
Pappas, who is the first Greek minister to visit North Macedonia after the Prespes Agreement came into force, described the hospitality as excellent and said his reception had been very warm.
From his side, prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, on Monday expressed his thanks to the European Union and to Greece for its support in his country’s digital transformation, while speaking at the inauguration of a new science and technology park in Skopje.
“Greece is a member-state of the EU and participates, via the European Commission, in the support provided for the digitisation of North Macedonia. With this in mind, we thank all the citizens of the EU, including those of our southern neighbour Greece, that participate in this effort,” Zaev said.
Welcoming Greece’s Nikos Pappas, who attended the inauguration of the new park, Zaev noted that “he comes from a friendly country in order to work with us on a joint programme and this is a message for our young people to work together in every field of economic life.”
The event was also attended by European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel and other ministers and ministry staff dealing with digital policy issues in the Western Balkans.
During his visit to Skopje, Pappas will meet with the country’s prime minister on Monday night and his counterpart in North Macedonia, Information Society and Administration Minister Damjan Mancevski.