The government believes that there are proposals on which common ground can be found, high-ranking government sources told ANA-MPA on Tuesday after a meeting between prime minister George Papandreou and main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras.
The sources said Papandreou told Samaras that his government is open to proposals for meeting the target of reducing the state deficit by 6.4 percentage points of GDP, which is a target that "must be achieved".
Papandreou further told Samaras that speculations and rumors of new taxes, VAT increases, etc., are not decisions but proposals that will be looked into in the framework of the discussion for drafting the Medium-Term Program, the sources said.

On denationalisations, Papandreou told Samaras that they will proceed quickly and with full transparency, the sources continued, and denied reports that the finance minister intended to invite the ND economic team for further discussion, but added that the government would be open to such a discussion.