Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing Thursday an informal cabinet meeting, termed the votes that took place in Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday a difficult battle "that we waged and won united."
Despite the ratification of the medium-term programme and the enabling law, the prime minister stressed that "we still have very difficult and crucial battles ahead of us," adding "there is not even a day to lose."
Papandreou insisted that the country needs historic changes, which the government is determined to promote. And he called for these changes to go ahead with the greatest possible speed.
He also referred to the changes in third stage education, an issue in the discussion at the informal meeting, pointing out that "our aim is to remedy pathogenies of decades in the sector of universities" and noted that "we must regain the time lost and create competitive, qualitative and internationally minded universities."