ECONOMY

Sections of major highway opened

Environment and Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias (center with blue cap) inaugurated two parts of the Egnatia Highway in northern Greece yesterday. The first 2.5-kilometer stretch is in the area of Ioannina. It will enable drivers to travel between Ioannina and Metsovo in 20-25 minutes as opposed to one hour, as is currently required, according to the Environment Ministry. The second part, stretching over 15 kilometers, links the junctions of Metsovo with Panaghias, in the Trikala area. ‘Our commitment in 2004 was that the main part of the Egnatia Highway will be completed by the end of 2008. The four-month delay resulted from the very poor weather conditions which affected the area,’ Souflias told reporters.