Prime Minister George Papandreou chaired a ministerial meeting in Parliament on Thursday afternoon, as the session focused on rationalising spending at the foreign, defence and citizens' protection ministries.

Taking part in the meeting were Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitris Droutsas, Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis as well as Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou.

According to government sources, joint actions between the above ministries were examined.