Ioannis Pantazopoulos, President of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA, Greek acronym PADEE) and member of the Australian Parliament, has just returned from Greece where he met with Greek ministers and discussed several issues concerning the Diaspora.
“It was the first time that Greek politicians paid attention to Hellenes of the Diaspora and their problems,” he told Neos Kosmos newspaper. He added he was surprised by Interior Minister Euripides Stylianidis’ comments on the Greek global community.
“Don’t expect me to tell you what you’re used to; that is, congratulate you on your work and remind you how proud we are of your achievements,” said Stylianidis. “I would like to ask you to provide us with the technical knowledge you’ve acquired as elected MPs in other countries. Please enlighten us with regard to illegal migration, tourism, economy as well as public- and private sector-related subjects. That’s what Greece needs right now,” he concluded.
“Apparently, Greece lacks infrastructure and viable solutions concerning illegal migration,” replied Pantazopoulos. He also said that Greece should take advantage of its natural beauty and attract more tourists since there is not enough collaboration between the Greek state and professionals in the tourist sector.