Zappeion Hall and Gardens
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Καλησπέρα σας. What a beautiful evening!
Minister Theodorikakos, Minister Hatzidakis, Minister Karamanlis, Secretary General Sdoukou, friends, George, it is a tremendous honor and a pleasure for me to be here with you this evening, and I want to thank Blink Charging Hellas, Eunice Energy, and Blink USA for inviting me to speak.
Last month, I had the opportunity to join Minister Theodorikakos and Governor Patoulis for a World Environment Day event, where we launched Envipco’s mobile kiosk down at the Attica waterfront.
I am thrilled that, so soon thereafter, we have another event tonight to highlight how American technology, in partnership with a leading Greek company, is helping to realize the bold and ambitious environmental goals that Prime Minister Mitsotakis has made a priority.
We welcome the Greek government’s proposed legislation to offer financial incentives for individuals and corporations looking to purchase electric vehicles and charging equipment.
Blink Charging is a U.S. leader in EV equipment and stations, and it will ease the adoption of electric vehicles around the world while helping to reduce gas emissions and noise and meet critical environmental targets. In partnership with Eunice Energy Group, Blink Charging has deployed technologically advanced applications and products that make up a nationwide network of charging stations. Blink aims to export its technology all over Europe, beginning with its investment here in Greece. And in this regard, the project that we’re launching today is a demonstration of confidence in this country’s future and Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ business-friendly orientation.
Partnerships like this demonstrate what you get when you work with American companies: U.S. technology and innovation, transparency, local hiring, and cutting-edge solutions to tackle pressing economic and environmental challenges.
I want to assure you that the United States will continue to partner with Greece on its sustainability initiatives, and I certainly look forward to seeing more electric vehicles on Greek roads and Blink charging stations across the country – of course here in Athens but also in Thessaloniki – underlining the enduring strength of the U.S.-Greece trade and investment relationship and our investments in the future.