Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, speaking after meeting on Thursday with Germany's State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Stefan Kapferer, emphasised that the "the great hope and struggle is for the recession to be overcome early, so that 2012 will be a starting point for the Greek economy."
Prospects for possible investments by German interests were discussed at the meeting, mainly in the sector of renewable energy sources, along with issues related to technical aid that the German side can offer in the field of tax reform and privatisations.
"We shall have the opportunity to present the privatisations programme and the prospects of the Greek economy at an event by the Union of German Industrialists, at the end of September in Berlin, and in the presence of the prime minister," Venizelos said, adding that "the common denominator of all efforts is liquidity in the economy and the German government realises this and wants to help."
After the meeting with Development Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis, the German deputy minister stressed that development prospects exist in the country and iit is strengthening cooperation of the German  Investments Bank not only with government agencies but at enterprises level, as well as with private banks.