One of the people expected to change portfolios in the first cabinet reshuffle is, according to secure information, Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis.
The Maximos Mansion is deeply skeptical and dissatisfied with the performance of the minister responsible for investments, where unprecedented stagnation can be observed, while the same information speaks of great concern of the Prime Minister himself, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a concern that raised after his recent trip to the USA.
With the possible replacement of Adonis Georgiadis, Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants to send a new clear message to investors that his government is fully geared to speed up the procedural framework favoring investment growth, as the current Minister of Development has not only dramatically lagged behind in promoting government policy in this critical area, but he also appears to have created some very serious credibility problems.
The inconsistency of words and deeds regarding the investment of Elliniko, his connections with specific business interests and the background in the field of international relations have not gone unnoticed inside and outside Greece, making Adonis Georgiadis’ position in government unsafe.
Well-informed sources report that the Prime Minister received specific complaints during his visit to the US, which are related to the way Adonis Georgiadis moves in the field of Greek-Chinese relations. It appears that the minister’s activity is incompatible with neither the pursuits of US interests in Greece nor the government’s strategic planning of attracting investment, in conjunction with securing the country’s geopolitical and geostrategic position. It also seems that Adonis Georgiadis’ close relationship with US Ambassador to Athens, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, is not enough to bolster his credibility in Washington.
It is recalled that already last November, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had received specific negative reports from American circles about the massive way the Chinese develop their investment plans in Greece. The same American circles charged the Chinese swoop to the Minister of Development, Adonis Georgiadis, who himself recently received sharp criticism from the US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, who had pointed out, inter alia, that “Greece should be careful not to fall into the trap and move away from the alliance.”
Nevertheless, it is not only the above that currently concern the Greek Prime Minister. It is said that the Maximos Mansion has received messages of very strong domestic business interests, that accuse Adonis Georgiadis of one-dimensional treatment of specific entrepreneurs. The last thing Kyriakos Mitsotakis would like at this conjuncture would be to find himself in the midst of a fierce conflict of powerful business interests in a way that could potentially destabilize the government, particularly with the responsibility of one of his own ministers.
And of course, no one should underestimate how Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ attitude towards his minister will ultimately be affected by the information available to him, concerning Adonis Georgiadis’ mobility, who is reportedly preparing to succeed Kyriakos Mitsotakis in New Democracy.