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PM to invite party leaders to talks ahead of EU summit

Δημοσίευση 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:39 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
PM to invite party leaders to talks ahead  of EU summit
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Prime minister George Papandreou will address an invitation to the political party leaders next week on the omnibus bill on labor relations and streamlining of the deficit-making public utilities and organisations (DEKO) that was tabled in parliament on Thursday night, Papandreou announced in parliament on Friday.

Prime minister George Papandreou will address an invitation to the political party leaders next week on the omnibus bill on labor relations and streamlining of the deficit-making public utilities and organisations (DEKO) that was tabled in parliament on Thursday night, Papandreou announced in parliament on Friday.

The meetings will be taking place ahead of a crucial EU Summit next week (December 16-17) in Brussels.

The announcement came during discussion of a question tabled in the House by Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis on "the mobility of Moslem circles in Athens", as the LAOS leader also brought up the issue of the provisions of the bill with respect to labor relations,

Papandreou further announced that the ministers will address similar invitations to their counterpart 'shadow ministers' in the political parties in the coming days for discussion and the submission of their own proposals, adding that he is "open" to adopting such proposals provided that they are "constructive".

The premier stressed that he fully endorses consensus, discussion and understanding, adding that the omnibus bill tabled Thursday was the product of deliberations with the social partners and incorporated shared positions and approaches.

"We will wage a critical battle that will possibly not end next week but will prospectively continue in the EU, on the issues of the current, very significant development regarding the euro, the eurozone and also Europe's economic course, but also other issues of top priority," Papandreou said in announcing the planned invitations to the party leaders in view of the Summit.

Papandreou added that the social partners, together with the government, are "capable of resolving tough problems", and called for backing of the dialogue efforts. He added that his government "did all we could, in the negotiations on the omnibus bill, to incorporate their common views or at least their common approaches".

 

Gov’t on PM's meetings with political party leaders

“Consensus is an element of our policy, is a lasting challenge and an invitation,” government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis stressed on Friday, referring to the meetings Prime Minister George Papandreou had announced that he will have with the political party leaders next week ahead of an upcoming crucial EU Summit.

“The EU Summit meeting will focus on important issues for Europe with a direct impact on our country,” he said, adding that the meeting with the political party leaders will “focus on anything they wish to discuss”.

Petalotis stated that “very important issues for Europe’s existence will be decided in the upcoming EU Summit meeting and we should realize that we have a responsibility considering that we are faced with negotiations within the EU that will determine the future of individual states and the European unity while having a direct impact on the Greek people’s living standards.”

In a later announcement, the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party said that party leader George Karatzaferis would also meet with the premier next week.

 

ND leader to meet with PM on Tuesday

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras will be received by Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the premier's Maximos Mansion office, ND's press office announced on Friday.

The meeting comes on the heels of Papandreou's stated intention to meet with Parliament-represented political leaders ahead of the tabling of the crucial 2011 draft budget and a closely watched draft bill envisioning spending cuts in public sector enterprises and labour market reforms.