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Mitsotakis for dentist pass: What does “Greece 2.0” have to do with the teeth of young children?


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The Prime Minister’s extensive report on the dentist pass

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his regular weekly Sunday post on Facebook today wrote the following:

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“I’m going to start this review a little differently. As much as I can, I try to read the comments you write under these posts. Of course there are too many and I won’t claim to read them all, but I want to dwell on a comment I read a few weeks ago – it was a kind prompt, or rather, an idea. And I remember it, because when I read it I knew that this idea was already being planned.

I will start with this: the comment said that in Cyprus for 1 year dental check-up for school children has been adopted and that the messages from there are very positive. So I’m delighted to tell you that this week we announced Dentist Pass – free preventive dental care for 660,000 children aged 6 to 12. This is offered for the first time in our country and is financed by the Recovery and Resilience Fund.

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Will you tell me what “Greece 2.0” has to do with the hygiene of young children’s teeth? He’s got! Why have we included in “Greece 2.0” the National Public Health Prevention Program “Spyros Doxiadis”, the first serious and organized prevention and early diagnosis project in our country. What we want is to change society’s attitude towards health – to finally emphasize the importance of prevention. A regular visit to the dentist is a critical indicator of our children’s care and should not be neglected.

While adopting healthy patterns and behaviors from a very young age teaches children the importance of prevention, and prevention leads to better health. Which, in the long run, leads to savings for the public health system. It is an effort with multiple benefits for society!

The Dentist Pass it is something that “we didn’t say (pre-election), but we did”. I’m going to tell you now something you probably don’t hear often from someone in my position: I’m going to tell you about something we “said but didn’t do (yet!)”. Because it is very important for me to have a relationship of trust with citizens. As I explained to the residents in Korydallos during my visit this week, the project of relocating the Korydallos prisons (this is a project that I had announced in the Government’s program statements) – did not proceed at the pace we wanted and expected. And that is the truth. It is a project that has taught us a lot. Not that progress has not been made: the space has been found and the financial tools are there. So it’s delayed – it’s not done yet. But I am absolutely certain that we will implement, in the second four-year period, this commitment. The prisons will leave Korydallos and the local community wants to use it for the construction of student housing and social housing with the tool of social compensation that we voted for in December.

I continue with something else that was long overdue – or to be precise, something that had to happen since 1982: the individual assessment of teachers. This process will start from the areas where the selection and placement of Education Consultants has already been completed. These Consultants will begin the individual evaluation as a priority by the newly appointed teachers, as this is also a condition for their permanence.

The positive evaluation will contribute to the recognition and reward of the teacher’s work, who will be able to use it as a graded criterion for his selection in a position of responsibility. For those whose evaluation is not satisfactory, they should attend training, based on material prepared by the Institute of Educational Policy.

Evaluation is therefore not intended to “punish” anyone – it is intended to recognize and reward our deserving teachers, to give everyone the motivation and help to become better. Unrated Public Schools push our children into tutoring and private education. I want to emphasize that the evaluation is applied in the vast majority of European countries, and is expected to significantly improve the education landscape and upgrade the Greek education system. It is something we owed first and foremost to our children.

This week we also had the auction of 2 large waste treatment plants – one in the Eastern Sector of Thessaloniki and one in Larissa. The cost is more than 182 million euros and is covered by the “Transport Infrastructures, Environment and Sustainable Development 2014-2020” Operational Program.

We have started a big effort since 2019 to create the infrastructure that Greece needs to manage its waste with respect for the environment, following the principles of the circular economy. And great progress has been made: together with these two new plants, a total of 28 waste treatment plants have been auctioned since 2019. We want by 2023 to have completed all the auctions of the units necessary for Greece. Thus, Greece is proceeding with the Green Transition, while improving the quality of life of all citizens.

On Monday we had her official delivery of the Strategic Planning study (masterplan) for the Reconstruction of Northern Evia prepared by the Benue Commission. And I want to once again thank Stavros Beno for the great work he did. It is a bold plan drawn up through consultation with the residents of the areas that were so deeply affected by the fires of 2021. It is called “Evia After” and includes 71 projects and actions budgeted at 390 million euros. The most emblematic of these is the new road axis Psachnon-Strofilya, Strofylia-Istiaia, an infrastructure project that is a basic condition for breaking the isolation of N. Evia.

Of the total projects, 30 have already started and the rest will start by the end of the year, all with secured resources. In total, together with the relief actions and immediate restoration projects that reached 300 million euros and were carried out immediately after the fire, the investment of the state for the reconstruction of Northern Evia approaches 700 million euros.

I’ll close with the topic I usually start these weekly posts with, hoping I’ve held your interest so far, as I have some hopeful news from her constituents. annual report of “ERGANI” for 2022. So what does the report tell us? How in the three years 2019 – 2022, 263,000 salaried jobs were created and that the average salary increased to 1,176 euros from 1,046 euros – that is, 1,820 euros more per year. That precarious part-time jobs with wages of up to 700 euros decreased by 1/3, while jobs paying salaries from 700 to 1,000 euros increased by 60%, and by 23.5% jobs with a salary of more than 1,000 euros. And all this within a three-year period with serious external crises. Simply put: we created more and better paying jobs.

Of course, we have a long way to go until we converge with the European acquis. Wages and disposable income are still low in our country – but we are on the right track, and we know where we want to go. In the first four years, the bet was lower taxes and investments. Our bet for the next four years – if the citizens entrust us with the responsibility of governance – is better jobs and better wages, primarily for the young people who are now entering the labor market. We have the obligation to continue working hard to build a Greece where young people will have many opportunities for professional advancement. A Greece that is progressing and will create feelings of hope and optimism in our young people. After all, we owe it to them.”


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