The head of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament Joseph Daul has expressed his confidence that the Greek government, to preside over the European Union Council in the first half of 2014, will lead the EU with the same determination that implements the reforms in the country, an EEP press release issued in Brussels said on Sunday.
According to AMNA, in statements made just a while before arriving in Athens for talks with the Greek government on its EU presidency priorities, Daul welcomed the priorities already announced, focusing on four areas: employment , growth and cohesion in the further EU and Eurozone unification, migration-borders-mobility and maritime policies.
He added that during the presentation of the Greek presidency’s programme, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that the presidency’s work will be guided by the principle of supporting citizens and the civil society’s participation in the EU, through policies and initiatives designed to provide answers to Europeans’ everyday problems, concerns and insecurities.
Daul also praised the Greek people’s efforts during the economic crisis and underlined the significance of European unity.
On Monday, the presidium of the EPP parliamentary group is due on an official visit to Greece, and meetings are scheduled with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, government vice-president and Foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos, Finance minister Yannis Stournaras, Development minister Costis Hatzidakis, Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Public Order minister Nikos Dendias and deputy Foreign minister in charge of European affairs Dimitris Kourkoulas.
(source: AMNA, Capital)