President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias held talks with Athens Mayor George Kaminis on Thursday to discuss an ongoing occupation of the Athens city hall by contract workers that are due to lose their jobs in the municipality.

During the meeting, Papoulias said that the city and its residents had to be the first priority for the municipality of Athens.

Kaminis complained that the behaviour of the contract workers was harming democratic institutions, since they had occupied the premises of the municipal council. He stressed that he was trying to find solutions for the staff facing dismissal and noted that "this is not time for occupations and such kinds of actions".