Alt. FM Katrougalos: Brexit may offer opportunities for Greece

Brexit may translate into opportunities for Greece, as well as risks, Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos said on Monday, relaying the prevailing atmosphere at a broad ministerial meeting that he convened on Monday at the foreign ministry. Participants included the ministers of labour, shipping, tourism, citizen protection and the deputy minister for finance.

The reports of the interministerial committee at level of general secretaries formed by the foreign ministry were presented along with detailed briefing on the course of the negotiations.
Katrougalos said that since Britain has chosen a hard Brexit this means that goods, capital, people and services will not move freely.

For this reason “we will do everything to protect the rights of the workers and the students’ that reside in Britain,” he said.

He underlined the need for an agreement on the pension system that will refer to future pensioners and measures for the promotion of farming goods that Greece exports to the British market.

Leaving the ministry, Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis referred to the opportunities from the relocation of major organisations of marine insurance and reinsurance from Great Britain.

Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said that Brexit will not have serious repercussions on Greek tourism.

She estimated that there will not be a reduction of the revenues but there might be a problem with the euro-pound parity. She also said that, according to information, there will be a strong increase in tourists from Britain in 2018.