Alternate Foreign Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou on Saturday had a meeting with Greek MEPs  in order to prepare them in view of upcoming negotiations for the European Union's new budget framework after 2013.
The meeting was essentially in preparation for the unveiling, at the end of June, of the European Commission's initial proposals for the EU's funding mechanisms once the package agreed for 2007-2013 comes to an end.
The Commission's proposals will concern the Community budget, Common Agricultural Policy and cohesion policies in an exceptionally difficult framework given the broader crisis and the reluctance of countries to contribute and, chiefly, to increase their contributions.

Xenoyiannakopoulou called the meeting in order to brief Greek MEPs on the country's priorities in view of a discussion to be held before the European Parliament on this issue in June.