Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas participated at the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia, themed on Expanding the Frontiers of Innovation, which is taking place in Vienna (June 8-9).
Droutsas participated in a panel discussion on a Vision for a sustainable future. He referred to the structural reforms being implemented in Greece and the results achieved so far, including a 5% budget deficit reduction, and social security and tax reforms. He further expanded on the Greek government’s keen interest in promoting a "Green development" model based on sustainable development and renewable energy sources (RES), and investing in the various comparative advantages Greece has in the field.
On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Droutsas met with his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger with whom he discussed the Western Balkans and their European prospect, the situation in the Middle East and northern Africa, and the economic situation in Greece. Today, the FM will be attending the Libya Contact Group meeting, in Abu Dhabi.
"We already have the outcome of the first call for proposals launched last February in the field of the renewable energy sources. Six (6) development projects have been selected out of twenty (20) submitted by organizations of BSEC Member States (Albania, Azerbaijan, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Turkey), as well as by BSEC Related Bodies (ICBSS and BSEC Business Council), by the means of a transparent evaluation procedure. These projects will be financed by the HDF with the total amount of € 400,000," Kouvelis said.