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Agenda for PM-Barroso meeting 'open', spokesman says

Δημοσίευση 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:19 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Agenda for PM-Barroso meeting 'open', spokesman says
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During the regular press briefing on Monday, government spokesman George Petalotis said that the same-day meeting between European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister George Papandreou would have an 'open' agenday and had been requested by Barroso "some time ago".

During the regular press briefing on Monday, government spokesman George Petalotis said that the same-day meeting between European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister George Papandreou would have an 'open' agenday and had been requested by Barroso "some time ago".

The Commission president had specifically asked that talks during the meeting be "wide-ranging" and cover all issues that concern the EU and Greece, he added.

Concerning Greece's position on major issues, Petalotis said that these were well known and that Barroso was already acquainted with them.

Europe was now heading toward the EU summit "where very important decisions will be taken for the countries of the EU and the European stabilisation mechanism, for which Greece had played a leading role," he noted.

Regarding the upcoming visits to Athens by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and European Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn, Petalotis said they would be having a series of meetings with the country's political leadership, including briefing the Greek Parliament's Committee of Economic Affairs, and would exchange views with the social partners.

The spokesman denied that Greece intended to make an official request to extend the repayment period for the EU and IMF loans during their visits, stressing that no such request has officially been made nor were the visits taking place for this purpose.

"We are talking through a discussion that is taking place about extending the repayment of our loans. From there on, at the right time there will be a request to that effect, provided that the timing and method are judged appropriate," he said.

With respect to Greece's goals at the upcoming summit, Petalotis said that the crisis support mechanism was a goal in which Greece had a primary say and role. He also stressed that the existence of a European stabilisation mechanism was important for Greece as well.

"Our country can only emerge stronger from such a discussion and negotiation," he asserted.

Regarding the issue of a euro-bond, the spokesman pointed out that the Greek premier had been among the first to make such a proposal and that this also had the backing of other EU countries but that a decision on this was still being processed.