Brok: Greece recovery on track provided reform course is kept

Elmar Brok meeting Prime Minister Samaras and Foreign Minister Venizelos in Athens

„Greece’s recovery is on track provided the country sticks to its current path and takes the necessary structural reforms“, the chairman of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Elmar Brok MEP (CDU – Germany) today said after meeting Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos in Athens at the occasion of the official launch of the Greek presidency of the EU Council of Ministers.

„Structural reforms including further privatisations and improving the efficiency of the public service are necessary to kick-start the economy and provide a positive environment to attract foreign investment. We can now see the first signs of economic recovery, thanks to the efforts of the Greek government and the people of Greece. Now the Greek government must build on this development and show its continued determination“, Brok said.

EU solidarity with Greece and the other programme countries and the pursuit of economic reforms go hand in hand: „European solidarity and national reforms are two sides of the same coin“, he added.

Elmar Brok today (9 January) met Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for an hour-long talk on the state of play of the Greek reform programme. Earlier today he also met for an in-depth discussion with Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Evangelos Venizelos, as well as the Chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Greek parliament, Mr Tsiaras.

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Lasse Boehm: Press Advisor, EPP Group in the European Parliament: +32 228 40774