Mitsotakis: Greece is reliable and honest with all the countries of the region

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to comment on the revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the continued support of the EU to Ukraine, the developments in the Middle East, and Greece being a reliable and honest interlocutor during the Summit of the European leaders, which will take place on Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

On the economic front, and especially as far as it concerns the Multiannual Financial Framework, government sources said that Mitsotakis is expected to repeat his position expressed at the informal European Council in Granada, that he is in favour of increasing the budget in the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework.

He will explain that providing so many additional resources for Ukraine in the EU budget is impossible and giving much fewer resources to sectors such as migration and natural disasters is impossible.

However, it is clear that the current European Council meeting is taking place under the shadow of the dramatic developments in the Middle East.

According to government sources, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is one of the few European leaders who participated in the Peace Summit in Cairo along with Arab leaders, while three days ago, he had the opportunity to visit Jerusalem.

The same sources noted that the prime minister is expected to brief the European Council on these contacts, while he will repeat Greece's role as a reliable and honest interlocutor with all the region's countries.

Moreover, Mitsotakis is expected to reiterate Israel's right to self-defense according to International Law and International Humanitarian Law and will point out, as he did last Saturday in Cairo, the distinction between Hamas and the Palestinians, but also the need for protection of civilians in the Gaza Strip, as well as avoiding a humanitarian crisis.

In addition, he will express - also as the leader of an Eastern Mediterranean country - his concern about the diffusion of the crisis which poses risks of regional instability. The prime minister will also reiterate that no military intervention can replace a viable political solution, namely the resumption of the Middle East peace process.

It will remind of Greece's long-standing position in favour of a two-state solution, a position also shared by the EU, as expressed in the joint statement of the 27 of the European Council on October 15.

The European leaders will also discuss the issue of migration, its internal and external dimension in light of the additional pressure from the developments in the Middle East.

AI Advisory Committee holds first meeting with PM Mitsotakis

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The first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Artificial Intelligence was held at Maximos Mansion on Wednesday, headed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The members, experts in their fields from Greece and abroad, discussed the Committee's aims and the basic guidelines it will follow in its work, with a focus on improving services for citizens, including health services, meting out justice faster, handling natural catastrophes, and teaching children about AI in schools.

Members also exchanged views on how Greece could contribute to the wider negotiations to formulate a regulatory framework for the development and use of AI, incentives that could be offered for innovative research and attracting investments, and Greece's comparative advantages in personnel.

"The Committee's purpose is to help us in very practical terms with how AI can be utilized as a tool of public policy in various policy sectors which we can determine along the way," Mitsotakis said.

"For example, in health or the way we fight tax evasion. AI and the Armed Forces: a very great challenge in transforming our country's deterrence potential. AI and Civil Protection: today as we speak we held a very interesting pilot experiment on Mt. Penteli on how AI tools can help us locate sources of fire quickly," he added.

One of Greece's advantages in this sense is its very high-caliber scientists available both domestically and abroad, making Greece a winner in changes and opportunities brought by AI application, he noted.

The Committee chair is Constantine Daskalakis of MIT and it includes Kimon Dracopoulos, Evangelos Karkaletsis, Vassiliki Kinti, George Pagoulatos, Fereniki Papadopoulou, Ioannis Pitas, Timoleon Sellis, Andreas Stavropoulos, Ioannis Tassioulas and Charalmabos Tsekeris.

Mitsotakis to attend European Council summit on Thu-Fri

Mitsotakis will participate in the European Council Summit that is taking place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

EU leaders will discuss the unfolding situation in the Middle East, continued support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s war of aggression, the EU's long-term budget, the economy, migration and external relations.

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