Minister Dritsas further damages Greece’s international image

Piraeus PortThe Greek government has agreed with its creditors to proceed with the privatization of the Piraeus Port Authority. By the end of October shortlisted companies – COSCO, APM Terminals and International Container Terminal Services – have to submit their final offers. Although this has been already decided, Greek Alternate Minister for Maritime Affairs Thodoris Dritsas continues to oppose the process of privatization. As he said: ‘The privatization of the port is a wrong choice’. Obviously, Mr Dritsas can express his opinion in a democratic country like Greece. However, three questions are raised:

  • Why does Mr Dritsas keep his position from the moment he does not agree with the Euro Summit Agreement of 12 July and the forthcoming privatizations?
  • Why did Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did not appoint another politician in the position of  Mr Dritsas during the recent reshuffle of the government?
  • How can a government proceed when contradicting voices on so important issues dominate?

It comes as no surprise that the international image of Greece is  further damaged. The perception that a state should control public enterprises might be sucessfull in cases where specific business proposals and cost-benefit analysis reports exist. The priviledges of trade unions cannot shape government decisions any longer.