Government receives renewed vote of confidence - Barroso statement

Prime minister George Papandreou's newly reshuffled govern-ment received a renewed vote of confidence in parliament in the first hours of Wednesday, with the votes of all 155 ruling PASOK party MPs, against 143 'no' votes from the opposition in the 300-seat unicameral house.
In Brussels, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the outcome of the vote, stressing that the renewal of the vote of confidence in the Greek government "is good news for Greece, and also for the European Union".

There is no longer a climate of uncertainty, thanks to the outcome of the vote in the Hellenic Parliament, Barroso said in a written statement, adding that this was good news both for Greece and the entire European Union.
Barroso also urged Papandreou and the government to focus all their strength so that the Greek parliament will back the package of tax measures and privatisations being set in motion by the Greek government in understanding with the Troika.

The vote of confidence, sought by Papandreou, came after a three-day debate that ended midnight Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Papandreou will chair the first meeting of the government's new standing Inner Cabinet at 2:00 p.m., ahead of a 4:00 p.m. meeting of the Cabinet that will discuss for approval the draft application law for the Medium-Term fiscal programme.

The Medium-Term programme is slated for vote in parliament on June 28, and its application law by the end of the month.

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