The crisis in the eurozone and prospects for German investments in Greece were the focus of talks on Friday between Greek government vice president and finance minister Evangelos Venizelos and visiting German vice chancellor and economy & technology minister Philipp Roesler in Athens.
In joint statements to the press after the meeting, Roesler said that the causes of the crisis in the eurozone had their roots in the debt and competitiveness problems, and stressed the need for stability throughout all of Europe.
Roesler said that Venizelos' assumption of the initiative to take all the decisions necessary to create an auspicious investment climate sends a strong message to the German industrialists to go ahead with investments in Greece.
Venizelos said he had a "very interesting" discussion with Roesler, adding that "we talked about our common home, Europe, the eurozone, and also our common currency, the euro", while also reiterating the importance of the message of stability of the euro and the eurozone.
He said Greece is going through a very difficult phase, and was going ahead with tough structural changes and taking decisions that will help the country and the citizens in the long-term.
Greece wants to be an investment-friendly and development-friendly country, Venizelos stressed.
The finance minister further noted the long presence of German investments in Greece, adding that with the assistance and support of the EU institutional bodies an institutional framework was being formed for direct foreign investments.
"We perceive the importance of stability in Europe, both for growth and for social cohesion," Venizelos said, adding that "we must convince the Greek citizens that their sacrifices are not going to waste, but also the German citizens that their assistance to Greece is also beneficial for them," Venizelos pointed out.
"Greece will honour this assistance to the very last euro," he added.
The finance minister further noted German investment interest, particularly in the fields of tourism and renewable energy sources (RES).