German newspaper Bild features Greece’s three most successful mayors, reporting that their good ideas could show Greece how to exit from crisis.
Commenting on the country’s bad financial situation and estimating that Greece will need one more loan amounting to 50 billion euros soon, the German paper suggests that the coalition government should listen carefully to what mayors of Thessaloniki, Veria and Chania tell them.
But what makes these three mayors so special, according to Bild, you wonder?
Mayor No1: Yiannis Boutaris of Thessaloniki
The German reporter stresses that Mr Boutaris has undertaken several reforms in the city of Thessaloniki. His business skills- he owns a distinguished winery- led him to many crucial measures which help the city be financially stable. He has decreased municipal employees’ wages by 20% and has saved millions of euros through several actions.
He is also making efforts to attract Turkish and Israeli tourists to Thessaloniki and believes that sexual tourism could be a perfect idea for the city’s revenues.
Mayor No2- Manolis Skoulakis of Chania, Crete
Mr Skoulakis managed to lower the debts of the Municipality of Chania within 1.5 year, eliminated some needless administration expenses and saved one million euros in total.
Moreover, he took advantage of European sponsorships and promoted local products abroad. As a result, he encouraged investments in Chania, amounting to 27 million euros.
Mayor No3- Haroula Usultzoglou-Georgiadis of Veria
This female mayor managed, along with volunteers, to make the city’s services more social. Even doctors work, sometimes part-time, without any profit while several companies donate to the Veria Municipality a great deal of money.
The city council decided to provide poor citizens with free of charge fields, so that they produce their own food. Mrs Usultzoglou-Georgiadis has also decreased municipality employees earnings and thus, saved much money.