Prime Minister George Papandreou on Friday met with the country’s 13 regional governors, underlining that the transfer, as of today, of central state authority to the country’s 13 regions, constitutes a major reform.  
Papandreou underlined the decisive role the regional authorities can play in the country’s economic growth and pointed out that they will be handling the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) funds, among others.
A day after addressing a letter to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso requesting the release of ESPA and structural fund financing, PM Papandreou underlined that it is imperative to make all possible effort to erase deficit and reduce public debt, pointing out that these goals can be met through regional economic growth.