Foreign investment companies and Greek market sources are worried that the privatizations program and its anticipated revenues could go off track, as the country's de facto entry into an election period of unspecified duration, combined with the government's marginal parliamentary majority, will likely lead to a selective tabling of bills.
The container terminal at Piraeus has climbed to second place among the Mediterranean's highest-ranking commercial ports at the end of 2018, just behind leader Valencia in Spain, which the Greek port is expected to overtake next year - as it did this year with Algeciras - according to the Lloyd's List Top 100 Global Ports.
European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to a far-reaching system to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments into Europe, notably from China.
Under the plan, developed in the wake of a surge in Chinese investments, the European Commission would investigate foreign investments in strategic technologies and infrastructure such as ports or energy networks.
The rapid development and the increasingly important role of the port of Piraeus, future investment plans of Piraeus Port Authority SA (OLP), increased interest in the city and the scope for deepening bilateral trade relations between Greece and China were the focus of talks during a visit by China's new ambassador to Greece, Zhang Qiyue, to the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monda
Employees at Piers II and II of Piraeus' Container Terminal (PCT) returned to work on Friday afternoon, as the 24-hour strike called by the Piraeus Labor Center was found illegal by a local court earlier in the day.
The court ruling came after an injunction filed by DPORT, the company that manages staffing for PCT, a subsidiary of China's Cosco.
An Economy Ministry committee will decide on Friday whether to allow Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), majority-owned by China's Cosco, to create a new shipbuilding facility in Perama's ship repair zone.
Cosco had submitted a request for a license to repair mega-yachts to the regional authority, which rejected it, citing a 1984 law that forbids heavy industry facilities in Attica.