European Council President Herman van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the approval, by the Greek Parliament, of the implementing law linked with the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Programme.
In a joint statement the two EU leaders said:
"We strongly welcome today's (Thursday's) approval by the Greek Parliament of the implementing legislation for the country's revised economic program. This was the second, decisive step Greece needed to take in order to return to a sustainable path. In very difficult circumstances, it was another act of national responsibility.
"The conditions are now in place for a decision on the disbursement of the next tranche of financial assistance for Greece and for rapid progress on a second assistance package. We reiterate Europe's unwavering support and solidarity for the Greek people, in whose future we are confident. In view of the hard work that still lies ahead, we repeat our call for all political parties to work together to take their country forward."
The Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Programme was adopted by the Greek Parliament on Wednesday.