Consecutive and prolonged meetings with associates and ministers that Prime Minister George Papandreou chaired in Parliament have been concluded in light of his visits to Germany and Finland next week and Thrace for which he will be leaving on Thursday after the cabinet meeting.

As regards the prime minister's trips abroad, government officials noted that Greece wants the upcoming European Union summit to succeed, clarifying that "success for our country is in principle the creation of the support mechanism on a permanent basis."

The same circles noted that despite the complaisance that, wrongly in their view, prevails on the finding of a solution to the issues preoccupying the EU, the differences between countries are intense.

Papandreou's visits to Germany and Finland are precisely part of the framework of discussions being developed in the EU, heightening with the summit on March 25

On the question of the prime minister's visit to Thrace, it is noteworthy that Papandreou has asked for "complete files" from ministers on a series of issues and consecutive meetings were held for the purpose of his briefing

Lastly, according to reports, the prime minister will visit the north Aegean island of Samothraki and a village inhabited by Pomacks, while on Friday he will be chairing a meeting of the enlarged Regional Council of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace in the city of Komotini.