The development of combined transport is one of the three main pillars of the government’s plan to make Greece an infrastructure hub in the wider region, utilizing its strategic advantages to play a leading role at the international level. In an article in the newspaper “To Vima”, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Costas Karamanlis, states that the Recovery Fund gives us a great opportunity to invest in areas that have a comparative advantage, due to our strategic position, such as logistics, combined transport and the new generation of projects that will revitalize the market and change the image of the country.
In more detail, Mr. Karamanlis stated the following about combined transport: “The second pillar is the responsible development of combined transport. Based on a plan that provides specific steps: We reduce Piraeus and the ports of the North to gateways and upgrade Greece in the field of logistics.
We are developing the railway network, which can expand the sea corridor that connects the Asian markets with Piraeus, to a land transport corridor in Central Europe. At the same time, we invest in the operation of the Regional Airports. And we are taking action with a serious development dimension, such as the new legal framework for Waterways.
With this integrated Development Plan for combined transport, Piraeus can become a port of transhipment, but also a port of exit for products from SE Europe. The rapid interconnection of Thessaloniki-Kavala-Alexandroupolis and Alexandroupolis-Black Sea, can strategically upgrade the whole of Northern Greece. By combining these possibilities, Greece can become not only competitive, but a protagonist “.