PM: Program has produced first positive results

"Greece is devoted to its program and the first positive results have already appeared," prime minister George Papandreou said in Warsaw last Thursday after a meeting with his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk.

"We are not swept up by the sirens of destruction we hear on occasion," Papandreou said, and noted the existence of "the substantial solidarity of the European Union in this area".

On the developments in Portugal, Papandreou stressed that the EU "has decided to safeguard the euro with all means and wants to avert any rumors of imminent bankruptcies", and noted the creation of the support mechanism currently in place for Greece and Ireland.

During a visit to the capital of Poland, which assumes the rotating EU presidency for the second half of 2011, Papandreou said that Europe is facing many challenges, from the situation in Libya to the crisis in the eurozone, which "indicates the need and abilities that Europe has to work collectively to tackle the major issues which we, as countries individually, would not be able to face".

The two prime ministers discussed the situation in North Africa and the need to contribute to an integrated and coordinated European policy so as to assist the countries that are on a track of democratisation, but also to strengthen EU security.

A fundamental issue on the European agenda is the need for a common migration policy with a coordinated, balanced and fair treatment of the matter, the Greek premier said.

The two men also discussed the developments in Libya which, according to Papandreou, also underline the role of the countries in the region, while they further discussed Greece's initiative and thoughts for diplomatic and political initiatives to resolve the crisis in Libya.

They further discussed the Balkan countries EU accession prospects, which Greece strongly backs, as well as EU-Turkey relations, in the context of which, Papandreou stressed, «we always refer to a resolution of the Cyprus problem".

Papandreou's discussions in Warsaw also focused on the issues concerning the Polish EU presidency.

He said that the Greek government agrees with the priorities set out by the Polish presidency on matters such as fiscal prospects and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as well as neighborhood and migration policies, while he also expressed satisfaction over the reaffirmation of the volition of the two countries to strengthen their cooperation in view of the Polish presidency but also in their bilateral relations.

Tusk, in turn, described as very important the agreement between the two sides for equal treatment of the European policies, the northern and southern policies, and said he received frank support from Papandreou over the problems concerning the Mediterranean and the situation in North Africa, as well as the eastern partnership relations.

Papandreou noted that a balance is needed between the eastern partnership pact, in other words relations with the eastern countries in the region, the EU and the South, stressing that these should not be seen antagonistically but should comprise common efforts "in order to formulate a good partnership relation and for us to contribute to the economic developments, as well as the backing of our common principles and values such as democratic procedures in those countries".

The Greek premier was also received by the President of Poland.

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