Greece is gradually and carefully returning to normalcy, in tandem with a rapid expansion of the Covid-19 vaccination program, the country’s president of the republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, said on Monday, opening in person the annual Delphi Economic Forum (DEF).

Although this year’s sixth annual DEF isn’t taking place at its natural venue, adjacent to the south-central Greece archaeological site of Delphi – the “navel” of the ancient Greek world – a large number of speakers will make their addresses and participate in panel discussions in person.

The Greek president, whose head of state position is ceremonial, reminded that this year’s DEF is dedicated to the bicentennial of the commencement of the Greek War of Independence as well as to the 40th anniversary of Greece joining the then European Economic Community — today’s European Union.

Sakellaropoulou, who was the president of the Council of State (CoS), Greece’s highest administrative court, underlined that modern Greece is a nation dedicated to international legality and initiatives for peace, “a country that has passed through many tribulations but has always remained standing, responsibly and on the right side of history”.

Regarding the recent pandemic and its related repercussions, she said the Greek economy was direly tested but adapted, is reforming and is making a “digital leap and a ‘green’ transition, and aspires to become an international investment destination.”

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