Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou on Wednesday met with main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, concluding her contacts with the political party leaders over the planned reforms in tertiary education. After the meeting that lasted over an hour, Diamantopoulou stated that “there is common ground but further improvement can be achieved through discussion.”

ND education sector head Aris Spiliotopoulos stressed that his party is in favour of consensus on important issues like education adding, however, that he finds reasonable the university rectors’ demand for more time until September to present their own positions.

ND’s objections to the tertiary education reform focus on student reading material, professor evaluation, lecturers, rector elections and student participation in the procedure, as well as, university board of trustees’ issues.