Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, currently on a visit here on the occasion of the European People’s Party (EPP) summit on Thursday, met with the chairman of the EPP group in the European Parliament Joseph Daul.

Samaras also chaired the weekly meeting of the ND MEPs and later in the afternoon he was scheduled to meet with European Parliament Budget Committee Chair Alain Lamassoure.

The ND leader will also meet with Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, the president the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and Portuguese main opposition leader Pedro Coelho, while on Thursday he will meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

On Monday, Samaras met with European Commissioner for financial programming and the budget Janusz Lewandowski and with German MEP and budget committee member Reimer Boge.

The ND leader stated that the meetings focused on the way Europe can deal with deficits, debts and recession, as well as, on issues concerning the economic governance and the stability of the euro. They also focused on the utilization of the European budget by countries like Greece to serve as an antidote to the crisis.