A ministerial meeting on education issues, with Prime Minister George Papandreou chairing, was held at the prime minister's office in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Papandreou called the meeting immediately after his return from Berlin.

    The meeting was held to discuss the progress in implementing the recently amended law on tertiary education, which is experiencing continued resistance from certain academics and has triggered student "sit-ins" at universities, colleges and high schools.

    Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou briefed participants on the incidents that occurred in various schools in the country. According to reports, the minister asked for a renegotiation with the EC/ECB/IMF troika on restrictions imposed on academic hirings.

    After the ministerial meeting, Papandreou held a meeting in private with Diamantopoulou.