TIF: Thessaloniki ‘a hub of innovation’, says Commission VP Schinas

European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said that “in an increasingly insecure, unstable world, Northern Greece, Central Macedonia and Thessaloniki city can continue to emerge as an anchor of stability, understanding and development,” speaking at a conference held by Athens-Macedonian News Agency’s (ANA-MPA) Macedonia & Thrace Directorate on Monday evening, in the context of the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).

Schinas was addressing the ‘Dialogues: Northern Greece in the changing geopolitical environment of Southeastern Europe’ thematic event in his -prerecorded message.

Thessaloniki “is a real investment cell, spearheaded by the extrovert Helexpo and TIF,” he noted, a city that “will host businesses, universities, think-tanks and organizations from every country that is geographically or culturally close to us.”

This year’s 85th TIF “has a special national and strategic character, as it marks not only the restart itself, but also the acceleration of Greece’s economic restart.”

Calling Thessaloniki “a hub of innovation,” Schinas emphasized that the city is changing fast for the better, “with a steady cycle of new job, economic activities, growth with environmental standards, and beginning to attract many Greeks who left Greece during the crisis.”

Schinas then mentioned some of these key changes in the city of Thessaloniki:

– The completion of the E65 national highway at the northern Trikala-Egnatia section

– The new Technology & Innovation Park (Thess-Intec)

– The upgrade of the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH) and of the NOESIS Science Center and Museum of Technology

ANA-MPA Director-General presents agency’s new trajectory

Speaking at the event, Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) President and Director General Emilios Perdikaris described the news agency’s strategic vision and outlook.

“We aspire to make ANA-MPA a cutting edge news agency, up-to-date with international standards, focusing on our digital product,” he said.

He announced that ANA-MPA reached a major agreement with Information Society SA to upscale ANA-MPA’s digital presence and infrastructure. The restructuring plan, to begin soon, “will present a new digital identity and deliver a new digital product, in terms of journalistic production, visual image and social media,” he noted.

ANA-MPA “will encourage public interaction and invest on innovation, while maintaining its principles and ethical code which all current staff serve.” This change of image “will be holistic and include a radical transformation of ANA-MPA’s website, of its internal structure and even of the corporate logo, and also comprises the organization of events, such as the webinars on current affairs that started in March.”

The Agency seeks to become a two-way information portal, for civil society, organizations and enterprises, starting with a new co-operation with ‘diaNEOsis’ research and policy institute.

Perdikaris commented on the Agency’s strong relationship with the city of Thessaloniki, and he also underlined that “the digital transformation of the public sector seemed impossible, but it became a reality.”

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