Today, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meet with farmers on Mytilini and confirmed tax-free oil for the sector, regarding production by next year, along with price cuts related to migrant labor.
He described efforts being undertaken to reduce wages, visa processing costs and social insurance. According to the Prime Minister, "...what did not happen for primary stage production in Greece over the past decades, what took place everywhere else in Europe and the world, will also take place in our country now. And all the distance we lost we shall cover running. And if we remained desperately behind all these years, soon we shall not be behind anybody".
Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis and Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou are also participating on Samaras' tour of Mytilini. The New Democracy leader traveled to Frontex headquarters at the island's port, and spoke to Port servicemen and their Romanian coworkers. He was briefed by special search and rescue technicians and interpreters onsite. He focused on a EU requirement needed to manage illegal immigration, specifically on refusing undocumented immigrants into the nation and penalizing human traffickers.