Government spokesman Elias Mossialos, speaking during a press briefing following the inner cabinet meeting that convened for the first time under the chairmanship of Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday, stressed that the overall eurozone crisis, the Greek issue, as formulated in the Eurogroup's conclusions, including pending issues recorded in these conclulsions, such as the voluntary participation of the private sector in serving the Greek debt, as well as the prospects and formal procedures for Greece's new borrowing will be the focus of the working dinner that will be taking place in Brussels on Thursday evening, the first day of the European Union summit.
The spokesman clarified that the course of the implementation of the Greek programme is also expected to be discussed at the leaders' working dinner. It was also revealed, that there shall be reference to Greece in the summit's conclusions, stressing that this reference will not be final, since a new cycle of discussions is opening now. And this is so, since after the ratification of the mid-term programme and its first implementary law by June 30, a Eurogroup meeting will follow on July 3 and of the IMF on July 8 on the disbursement of the fifth tranche of a 110 billion euros loan to Greece by the EC/ECB/IMF.
The mid-term programme and its first implementary law, as well as the government's final preparation for the EU summit were discussed at the inner cabinet.
PM holds telephone conversations with foreign leaders
Prime Minister George Papandreou held telephone conver-sations on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Slovakian Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.