Concerns about Greek EU Presidency Delays



European CommissionEuropean Commission officers have expressed their concern about the delays they have noticed in preparation of the Greek EU presidency which is scheduled to begin in January 2014.

According to the newspaper “To Vima,” Zappeion Hall, which will host the College of 28 Commissioners, has not yet been upgraded, while the Presidency Office has just began to operate, with significant staff shortages. Many European Commission officers expressed their doubts over the progress of preparations and were not pleased by the answers of the Greek side.

European Commission will meet with the members of the Ministerial Council on January 8, to discuss their plans and the priorities of the Greek presidency. The discussions  will take place in the Athens Concert Hall, where the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras will officially announce the start of Greece’s EU presidency.

The competition for the required upgrade project of Zappeion Hall was completed on December 4. It is estimated that it will cost a total of 67,650 euros. Meanwhile, the Presidency Office not only lacks personnel, but also a lot of essential equipment. Despite these delays, the Greek side appears confident that everything will be ready for the start of the Greek presidency.