The Minister for Macedonia and Thrace (Υπουργός Μακεδονίας και Θράκης) is the government minister in charge of Greece’s Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace.
Mr. Theodoros KARAOGLOU, Minister for Macedonia and Thrace
During your visit in business and industrial areas of France, in the context of the European project “Managing and governing industrial areas” (MER) of the transnational programme MED, you were informed about modes to promote the sustainable management and development of these areas. What has impressed you most regarding the places that you visited and the practices that you saw?
What has mostly impressed me during my visit in France for the MER project is the proactive strategy of the French state to empower innovation and to link research activity and academia with the business community. It is encouraging that sustainability is a developing aspect of the above efforts. What is also worthy to note for southern France, and Nice specifically, is the presence of organized clusters, with thematic content and access to funding from the French state or European programs.
Given the efforts of the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace to restart the development of the Thessaloniki Innovation Zone, we strongly hope that it will operate in similar ways.