Rovlias supported Greece's positions, backing Portugal's proposal for an assessment of the impact of the SMA on remote regions, and noting that island areas should be included among them. This view was also supported by Cyprus.
Internal Markets and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier assured the Greek side that the Commission will pay particular attention not only to periphery regions but also island regions.
During a discussion over dinner, Rovlias also said that Greece had undertaken specific commitments on reducing administrative load, which it was implementing at a rapid pace. Specifically, he cited the General Commercial Register and the one-stop-shop services for founding a new company, which had already been used by 760 new business start-ups.