Greek Finance Minister Meeting with European Ministers Ahead of Bailout Review



tsakalotos.15.11.708Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos continued a round of meetings with other Eurozone finance ministers over the weekend, meeting his Portuguese counterpart on Saturday and traveling to Paris for talks with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Sunday afternoon.

During the one-day visit to Paris, Tsakalotos is expected to request France’s support in persuading the institutions representing Greece’s creditors to accept the Greek government’s proposals. The two are scheduled to meet at 8 pm (Greek time) and to make joint statements in a press conference after their meeting.

On Saturday, Tsakalotos was in Lisbon for talks with Portugal’s Finance Minister Mario Centeno. The Greek finance minister outlined the positive prospects opening up once the Greek government’s road map is completed and they examined problems that Greece and Portugal have in common, with a view to forming an agenda for dealing with these in a progressive manner.

According to finance ministry sources, they agreed that there were shared problems, since there are many similarities between Greece and Portugal, while they also discussed issues that could be raised jointly at the EU that concern both countries, such as the banking union, unemployment and investments. 

Tsakalotos began his European tour on Friday when he met Italian Finance Minister Pier Paolo Padoan, while he is due in Helsinki for talks with Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb on Monday. He is next due to meet Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Djisselbloem in Amsterdam on Tuesday and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin on Wednesday.