"Greece can grow in the next ten years with average rate 4 percent and the debt to be drastically reduced" said New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his speech at the Congress Hall "Ioannis Vellidis" in the context of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)

noting that " 700,000 new job positions can be created in the next five years" adding that the Greeks that left the country to receive the message to return to their country.

He criticised the programme applied in Greece saying that "it is wrong and disastrous".

Referring to the economy and particularly to the taxation, Mitsotakis noted that ND "will reduce the taxation and the contributions everywhere" and pledged to drastically reduce the VAT for catering immediately from 24 percent, that is today, to 13 percent and later to 11 percent for all the tourist package of catering and accommodation. He also said that "the VAT that burdens the businesses' profits will fall from 40 percent that is today to 24 percent".

Finally, referring to the Real Estate Property Tax (ENFIA) Mitsotakis said that ND will implement its commitment to reduce the ENFIA by 30 percent and suspend the VAT on the building activity for three years.

On the pensions, the main opposition leader underlined that he will maintain the national pension and the first pillar but the system will become more rewarding and explained that the contributions for the main pension from 20 percent that are today will (in a four-year period) be gradually reduced, to 15 percent. The workers will be also in position to choose if their money will go to public or to private insurance funds.

Referring to the minimum wage, he said that it will be decided through free negotiations between the social partners adding that, of course it must increase according to the improvement of the economy.

He repeated his party's adamant position on the name of FYROM noting that "ND will vote against the Prespes agreement. "It is an agreement of shame that hands over, for the first time, the Macedonian identity and language to our neighbours".

In parallel he sent a message to the FYROM government that "if the agreement signed by SYRIZA government is not voted by the Greek parliament then the other side should be aware that the negotiation will start from the beginning".