French ambassador after Thessaloniki port agreement: “Greece facing the future with optimism”

“Greece is leaving behind it the crisis years and faces the future with optimism,” said French Ambassador to Greece Christophe Chantepy, in Greek, following the signing of the agreement for the 67 pct sale of the Thessaloniki port to the South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki consortium on Thursday afternoon.

The agreement was signed at the offices of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), following the approval of the Greek Court of Audit.

Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis noted that all parties aimed for a fruitful relationship among the investors, the port workers and the city, something that was achieved.

Boris Wenzel, CEO of consortium member Terminal Link SAS, said that the consortium was committed to bringing to the Thessaloniki Port Authority its multifaceted and international experience, adding that the port of Thessaloniki is an outstanding asset.

Sotiris Theofanis, representing the consortium of Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH, Belterran Investments Limited and Terminal Link SAS, said that the investors are confident about the value and importance of the port of Thessaloniki, and the extent of the investments which they believe will be carried out ahead of schedule. In one or two years at most, he said, the results will show their efforts were justified.