Extracts from the joint press briefing by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, and Antonis SAMARAS, Greek Prime Minister following their meeting in Athens

Type: NEWS   Référence: 87387   Durée: 00:03:25   Première transmission: 26/07/2012  Lieu: Athens, Greece
Fin de production: 26/07/2012
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, travelled to Athens on Thursday for bilateral talks with Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister, on the broad economic situation in Europe and particularly on the economic difficulties in Greece. Both leaders discussed the country's progress under its bailout package. Making his first trip to Greece in nearly three years, President Barroso pushed the new government to speed up reforms, particularly its privatisation programme. This visit to Athens coincides with the return of the troika of European Central Bank, European Commission and IMF officials to the country, who are beginning a month-long examination of the country’s progress on implementing a €174 billion bailout, the second since May 2010.

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00:00:05 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and of Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister at the joint press briefing 00:00:09
00:00:14 SOUNDBITE (Greek) by Antonis Samaras saying that he told President Barroso that Greece is resolved, as a government including the three parties, to move ahead with structural changes, broadening of privatisation and implementation of the measures agreed in order to reduce the deficit. At the same time, the Greek government will do everything possible to achieve the necessary recovery f the Greek economy so that the country can achieve its objectives. 00:01:02
00:01:16 Cutaway of photographer 00:00:03
00:01:19 SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel Barroso saying that the Greek Prime Minister gave assurance that the coalition government will respect the commitments under the second programme and will speed up the key structural reforms, including the privatisation process, the reforms in the public administration, for instance against tax evasion. The key word here is deliver, deliver, deliver, deliver. The main issue is implantation to deliver results. To maintain the trust of European and international partners, the delays must end. Words are not enough, actions are much more important. Saying that following his meeting with Prime Minister Samaras, he is reassured that this delivery will happen. Saying also that he told President Barroso that Greece is resolved, as a government including the three parties, to move ahead with structural changes, broadening of privatisation and implementation of the measures agreed in order to reduce the deficit. At the same time, the Greek government will do everything possible to achieve the necessary recovery f the Greek economy so that the country can achieve its objectives. 00:01:51
00:03:10 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:08
00:03:18 Departure 00:00:07
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