With the national Covid-19 vaccination plan under way and pressure on hospitals slowly easing, the final cabinet meeting of 2020 turned its focus on the government’s agenda for the coming year.
The last week of 2020 saw Greece moving ahead with the enforcement of its decision to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Ionian Sea.
Speculation about an imminent cabinet reshuffle has resurfaced in the Greek media, although Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis continues to keep his cards close to his chest.
The Greek vaccination programme for Covid-19 was launched over the weekend, with the first doses administered to healthcare staff, the elderly and senior figures in public life.
Greece launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Sunday, when Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was among the first to receive the jab, but doubts remain about the next steps in the government strategy and the opposition continues to be critical of New Democracy’s approach.
After a fractious year in its relations with Turkey, Greece is preparing itself for bilateral discussions in early 2021 that could help both countries take a step back from the confrontation of recent months.
With vaccination planning under way and infection numbers slowly abating, the government finds itself once again facing accusations of high-handed decision making.
The government is hoping that the arrival of a batch of Covid-19 vaccines in the coming days will mark the beginning of the end for its coronavirus saga, which has drained New Democracy’s governing capacity but also eroded some of the electorate’s trust in the ruling conservatives.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Friday that Greece’s Covid-19 vaccination programme will begin on December 27, when the staff at five public hospitals will receive the jab.
Since coming to power in July 2019, the New Democracy administration has been promoting an economic growth agenda based on attracting digital and green investments, and it is now able to point to the launch of a number of flagship projects.