Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Once more we have seen that when the state wants to, it can respond to the needs of the citizens and of the country as a whole, even under the most adverse weather conditions. It is commonly accepted that despite the heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend, state services operated without encountering any significant problems. They kept the national road network open, freed people trapped in the snow and helped many in need, easing the impact of the bad weather on the public. But there are a couple of things that still need to be worked out when dealing with such crises: First of all, the public must pay attention to expert warnings. Secondly, the areas of responsibility of the Public Works Ministry and local authorities should be clarified and made more functional. They can’t keep putting the blame on to one another. For example, while the national highway network was open this weekend, several central arteries in Athens presented problems.