Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at the Reception Honoring the Young Presidents Organization, Southern California

Head of Residence Mission
June 22, 2022

(as prepared)

Good evening, kalispera, and welcome to the residence of the American Ambassador. It is an honor to have so many distinguished guests from the United States and Greece here to celebrate our strong people-to-people ties and the fantastic economic relationship that our two countries share.

It is a pleasure to welcome 41 CEOs who came from the United States as part of the Young Presidents Organization, Southern California’s Presidents Retreat.

I am glad to know that we are also joined by Greek YPO members, government officials and local business leaders.

Ambassador Tsunis sends his regards and has asked me to let you know that he would like to be able to be with us tonight, but he is at a conference the Secretary of State has called in Washington for all of our American Ambassadors in the world. I know he appreciated the chance to speak with many US YPO members before you left for Greece, and he looks forward to hearing more about the results of your visit.

This special evening has been in the works for a very long time…more than three years, if I’m not mistaken. For those of you who traveled here from the United States, I hope those years of anticipation made your visit to Greece even more memorable.

You are coming at an incredible time. This is a time of unparalleled cooperation between the United States and Greece. For more than two hundred years, the United States and Greece have inspired each other as democracies with shared values ​​and a shared commitment to peace, prosperity, the rule of law, and human rights. ‘man.

These shared democratic values ​​are more important than ever. We are proud NATO allies, dedicated to the Alliance and its goal of ensuring the freedom and security of its members.

Thanks to a lot of hard work, including by people here tonight, US-Greek relations are at an all-time high, with even greater opportunities for cooperation at this time. I am certain that your visit to Greece will inspire new areas of cooperation, and our embassy is here to support you as much as possible.

Bilateral trade in goods and services totaled $6.1 billion last year, with US exports to Greece totaling $2.7 billion. The public and private sectors have helped fuel Greece’s economic recovery and increased our countries’ economic cooperation.

American companies are coming to Greece like never before. From Pfizer to Amazon Web Services, and from Cisco to Microsoft, American companies are investing dollars and human capital, simultaneously strengthening their businesses and the Greek economy.

Since many of you here are from Southern California, I should point out that American production companies also benefit from Greece’s recently reformed film incentive program.

Since the incentive program’s wholesale overhaul, Daniel Craig and Kate Hudson wrapped filming Knives Out 2 in Porto Heli last year. Disney has made a film about the life of Milwaukee Bucks NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo. Apple TV has filmed the new season of its Emmy-winning international show “Tehran”. The list is long and we strive to encourage even more filmmaking here in Greece

Cooperation between the United States and Greece continues to deepen. Over the past few years, our common national interests have brought the United States and Greece closer together, both politically and economically. The United States views Greece as an indispensable partner. And I encourage all of you to consider building your own investments here, finding your own partnerships.

This evening happens to be my very last as a diplomat here in Greece. I finish my mission tomorrow and will leave for the United States.

After three years here, I can tell you that Greece is a fantastic and safe place to invest your time, energy and resources. Although I suspect the prominent Greek-Americans in your group have already convinced you of this.

With that, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your visit and I wish you a great evening and a fantastic visit to Greece.

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