Athens.- Product marketing, wine tourism, management of lakeside zone ecosystems, Renewable Energy Sources (RES), vocational training for young people and waste management are the main sectors of a promoted Greek-German cooperation based on contacts already made between local administration authorities in both countries.
In an interview with AMNA, on the occasion of a thematic conference in the northwest lakeside city of Kastoria, German federal Deputy Labour Minister Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, appointed to promote Greek-German local administration cooperation, used as an example a German supermarket chain which on Thursday launched a week-long campaign promoting Greek products in its catalogues.
He stressed that the Greek side is very interested in promoting the specific products in foreign markets and underlined that there is room for cooperation in the wine tourism sector modelled after a small German winery in Saxony that is being visited by roughly 160,000 tourists annually.
Using as an example the electric Smart cars, which are made up of parts manufactured in different countries, he said that Greece could also seek know-how exchange cooperation not only with Germany, but with other countries as well.
He wished success to the new government in Greece and stated that reform, particularly as far as red tape practices are concerned, is a precondition for advanced cooperation programmes in local administration.
The German deputy minister stated that at first his role was misjudged by Greek media and assured that the needs of the average citizen is his priority saying that he deeply feels for Greece.