Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on our as­sets

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Greece needs to be pre­pared to play ball with all in­ter­ested par­ties in the en­ergy sec­tor and to con­sis­tently strive to make the most of any deal with­out fear and with­out taboos. When it comes to pri­va­ti­za­tions in gen­eral, the only rule that should be defin­ing the government’s choice of in­vestor should be that the deal will go to who­ever of­fers to pay the most money for an as­set. As far as pipe­line projects are con­cerned, the government has acted cor­rectly in open­ing it­self up to dis­cus­sion with all par­ties and keep­ing an open mind in re­gard to its se­lec­tion of part­ner. The government must also do the same when the time comes to de­velop nat­u­ral gas de­posits in the Io­nian and Aegean seas, an is­sue in which it could fol­low the very suc­cess­ful ex­am­ple of Cyprus. If ever there was a moment in its mod­ern his­tory that Greece needed to take the best pos­si­ble ad­van­tage of its geopo­lit­i­cal po­si­tion and its na­tional and nat­u­ral re­sources, it is with­out doubt to­day.

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