A meeting on Wednesday between Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker focused mainly on the European Council to discuss the refugee crisis and the need for a common European solution, EU sources said.
The meeting was held before the European leaders’ summit at the Commission’s headquarters in Brussels and was attended on the Greek side by Minister of State Nikos Pappas, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas and Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs Nikos Xydakis.
According to the same sources, the two men held a detailed discussion on operational, financial and legal measures proposed by the Commission and agreed that Greece and the Commission must work together to address the refugee issue.
They also discussed the Greek program and the points raised by Juncker in his recent letter, congratulating Tsipras on his election victory and calling for a swift implementation of agreed reforms. The meeting was also attended by Dutch economist Maarten Verwey, the new head of the Commission’s EU Task Force for Greece.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras started his official visit in Brussels on Wednesday with a meeting with Gianni Pittella, the president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) at the European Parliament.
According to party sources, the two men discussed economic policy, the Greek debt and ways to involve the European Parliament in the Greek program.