- Feb 11, 2021
‘I wake up in the morning and for a moment I still expect to see the forest, and then reality kicks in,’ says Vaggelis Georgantzis, head of the resin producers union.
Also part of the economic revival effort was a five-day film festival earlier this month, as well as subsidies for tourism. There is also the promise of several infrastructure projects, including a 56 kilometer road that will run through the northern part of the island ending its isolation.
But Yiannis Kontzias, mayor of the town of Istiaia, says that the municipality has not yet received any cash and so the projects are yet to start. “The island is basically in a state of war and we have to act fast. The reconstruction plan is in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go to make it reality,” he said.