Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis referred to the intensive efforts made in order to start the project that had been blocked by the EU. "It is a great day today, not only for Trikala, not only for Western Thessaly, but for Western Macedonia, for Epirus, as we are now pleased to announce that this iconic E65 project will be completed," Mitsotakis said. "A vision of many decades will become a reality," he continued. "And it is enough to look at the map to see that the E65 is a road that steps on the backbone of Greece," the Prime Minister stressed when speaking from the Tsitsani Museum. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaking at the Tsitsani Museum - January 30, 2021. Mitsotakis stated that intensive efforts are being made to launch the project which was blocked by the EU. "I make multiple communications with the Directorate General for Competition and we managed to persuade the European Commission to finally give the green light to be able to start this important project as soon as possible," he said. "Something we had not achieved for many years and many would have believed - when we got to things - that it would never have been possible to complete the E65, at least in the form of a concession agreement," he continued. The Prime Minister also stressed that "the isolation of Western Macedonia to the South must be broken and it must be much more easily accessible to Athens and to all of southern Greece." Mitsotakis also revealed that the construction of the Mesochora dam will proceed and made special reference to the importance of clean energy at a time when Greece is looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, saying: "At a time when we are looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at a time when clean energy should play a leading role in our energy mix, it is absolutely essential that the last major hydroelectric infrastructure project be completed independently."