Visit of José Manuel Barroso to Athens: extracts from the joint press briefing with Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 26/07/2012 First transmission: 26/07/2012
On 26 July 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, travelled to Athens 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, José Manuel Barroso pushed the new government to speed up reforms, particularly its privatisation programme.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister, to the joint press briefing, in Athens.
||Soundbite by Antonis Samaras (in GREEK) saying that he told José Manuel 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 of the Greek economy so that the country can achieve its objectives.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): It is the right approach to ask Greece to reform, to increase its competitiveness to have a viable future, irrespective of this crisis. You, in Greece with our support need to rebuild your country, your structures, your administration, your economy to increase the competitiveness of Greece. And the best hope of a return to growth and job creation is inside the euro area. Staying in the euro is the best chance to avoid worse hardship and difficulties to the Greek people, namely for those in a more vulnerable position
The Prime Minister has assured me that the coalition government will respect the commitments under the second programme and will speed up the key structural reforms that are needed, including the privatisation process and of course, also the reforms in the public administration, for instance, the reform against tax evasion.
The key word here is: deliver. Deliver, deliver, deliver. The main issue is implementation 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. Following my meeting with Antonis Samaras, I am reassured that this delivery will happen.
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