GREEK INVESTORS PRESSURING GREECE OVER MACEDONIA
Greek investors are uneasy about their investments in Macedonia and have started to pressure the Karamanlis Government. They want to make sure their money is safe and sound and do not like the "name game" between Greece and Macedonia.
Greek mobile phone giant Cosmote and the Greek National Bank are just a few of the large investors who have purchased Macedonian companies. Currently the Greek capital have entered in almost every economy sector; Construction, Textile industry, Oil, Finances etc. Cosmote was the latest company based in Greece to invest in Macedonia. It payed the 10 million euros license fee to operate a mobile phone company. It invested much more to open up it's stores.
Goran Popovski works for a Marble company, the majority owned by a Greek company. "We have no issues here, we are mostly worried about the economy, though the Greeks are a bit uneasy about the name negotiations and how they may be perceived here in Macedonia" said Goran.
Besides the large coprorations, there are hundreds of small Greek businesses in Macedonia, especially in the textile industry where there has been numerous employee complaints of abuses from the Greek owners.
The investment picture is clear, the Greek investments have increased from year to year. Greek business owners in Macedonia prefer Macedonia to enter NATO, so they can further increase their investments.
MD: In the end, everything is about money :)