Deputy Minister presents energy policies, objectives at NYC event

Environment, Energy & Climate Change Deputy Minister Makis Papageorgiou focused on Greece’s objectives and policies in the energy sector during a speech delivered at an international conference in New York City yesterday.

The Greek Deputy Minister spoke at the 16th edition of the annual Invest in Greece Forum, held annually, and organized by Capital Link, a leading financial advisory and communications firm.

At the event, the Greek Deputy Minister also met with major CEOs such as Jay Collins of Citi Bank, and John Calamos of Calamos Investments. Papageorgiou also held detailed discussions with fund representatives, among them Caravel Management LLC and Greylock Capital LLC officials. Investment propects in Greece, the country’s privatization program in the energy sector, as well as the progress of the electricity market’s liberalization were the main topics discussed by the Deputy Minister and the fund representatives.

In other talks, Papageorgiou met with American politician Leonidas Raptakis, a Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate, for an exchange of views on international energy issues, including the TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) project, as well as developments in the wider region of southeast Europe, especially in the natural gas sector.

Papageorgiou, along with Development and Competitiveness Minister Kostas Skrekas, held talks with John Paulson, founder of Paulson & Co. Inc, an investment management firm, on economic, development, and energy issues. Paulson said he was impressed by the country’s progress achieved from 2012 to date, adding that he expected positive developments in Greece.