Yorgos Kavvathas, president of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE), posed the same question.
The feelings are contradictory, he told Xinhua, because the memoranda period is over, but Greece has undertaken commitments to lenders for coming years which will still put pressure on people.
"I think that there is optimism and fear for the future. For me fear has to do with how we will go on in the post-bailout era. We must not fall back to the same mistakes we did in the past, because all Greeks paid them dearly," Kavvathas said.
"The country should proceed to at least three structural reforms: reduction of taxation for individuals and enterprises, settlement of the private overdue debt which currently stands at 220 billion euros (255 billion US dollars) -- we need to address this if we want to move ahead -- and of course we need to see what we can do regarding the major issue of the financing of businesses and households, the banking system," he stressed.
WOUNDS OF CRISIS DEEP
Vassilis Korkidis, president of the Hellenic Confederation of Trade and SMEs (ESEE) and president of the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), also expressed hope and concern, since the wounds of the crisis are still deep. With a quarter of Greek gross domestic product (GDP) lost, incomes and consumption fell sharply.
"There are macroeconomic indexes which are positive... However, what we need is to see these positive indexes and the improvement reflected on the real economy and society and we have not seen this yet," he said.