The northern Greek city of Thessaloniki should become a site for permanent CERN infrastructure, taking advantage of the major research institute's technologies with the final aim of becoming CERN's National Centre for Greece, the regional governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas proposed on Friday, in the context of a business mission organised by the region in cooperation with Technopolis Thessaloniki at CERN in Geneva.
"Two years ago we decided to invest in cooperation with CERN. Today twenty enterprises from our region are included in the certified associate of CERN, which opens a new way to entrepreneurship," said Tzitzikostas.
Welcoming the business mission, the chief of CERN's public relations Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle underlined that "this period is very crucial for collaborations as the list of opportunities for 2019 will open for industrial partners and Central Macedonia's enterprises will have the chance to be included in the list of certified suppliers of the Organisation".
On his part, the deputy-chief of CERN's public relations Manolis Tsesmelis underlined: "We try to buy whatever we need, from the smallest to the biggest item, from our members and Greece clearly has a strong place in this".
The president of Technopolis Thessaloniki Tassos Tzikas said: "we are fighting a battle, however, we have not succeded in persuading the politicians about the new technologies. We are here because the supplies from Greek enterprises are at a low level, even though we have many very capable companies."
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