Economy Comissioner Olli Rehn, in a written  statement on Friday, expressed the European Commission's regret over the failure of consensus between the political party leaders in Greece regarding economic adjustment, to enable the current debt crisis to be overcome. The EU commissioner stresses that efforts for achieving an interparty agreement for support for the joint EU/ECB/IMF programme must be continued. "An agreement must be found soon. Time is running out," Rehn said.

According to the Finnish commissioner, "it is of decisive importance for the recovery of the Greek economy for all the Greek political parties, including the opposition parties, to adopt a constructive stance and support the programme's implementation."
Rehn concluded that "the extent of the challenge constitutes a test for Greek society in its entirety and for this reason it demands the contribution of all parties and citizens."