Athens.- The Member of the Hellenic Parliament and Deputy Head of Environmental Policy Ms. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou had an interview with Greek-American students studying journalism at universities in the United States, who are visiting our country in the frame of the «Reinventing Greece» programs of the Non-Profit Organization “The Next Generation Initiative (HelleNext)”. The Next Generation Initiative was established in 2005 to offer young men and women meaningful ways to make vital, lasting connections with each other, community leaders and their heritage.
The Greek students living abroad, looking -through interviews and reportages- for the current situation of Greece, but also for the forces that will highlight the new dynamics after today’s difficult economic and political situation, focused their questions on how the country can emerge from recession.
Ms. Avgerinopoulou argued that the Greek economy must be transformed by a new approach that puts the high growth rates in harmony with sustainable development and stressed the need for new financial tools, but also for technological innovation to create more jobs especially for the new generation. This new generation should not be discouraged by the difficulties that our country and the international financial system go through, but should be active, should participate in common and become a part of the solution.
To attract foreign investment, Ms. Avgerinopoulou noted that there is need for a more flexible, faster, more efficient and less bureaucratic public administration. She added that, especially in the green economy and development of ecosystems, it is necessary to make a strong effort to remove legal barriers, to condensate laws, to integrate and apply the European law, and to radically change the research on environmental impacts and the issuing of environmental licenses.
The Deputy Head of Environmental Policy also noted that even in times of economic crisis we cannot forget that the greatest asset of the country is the country itself, its natural wealth and its citizens. Finally, Mr. Avgerinopoulou, who used to watch the activities of “Reinventing Greece” while studying abroad, welcomed the initiative of the Greek-American students for the promotion of our country and wished the young journalists to have a successful career, hoping to always bring good news and positive role models to our society.