BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (KUNA) -- Greek Prime Ministr Antonis Samaras Tuesday
held seprate meetings with top European Union leaders to discuss plans for the
EU presidency which Greece would assume from 1st January.
Samaras's meeting with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy,
President of the European Parliament Marticn Schulz and the President of the
European Commission Jopse Manuel Barroso, touched upon developments in the
Greek economy and the EU's financial assistance programme to Athens.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Barroso said "I assured Prime
Minister Samaras of the Commission's support in the run-up to and during the
Greek Presidency, in what will be the fifth time that Greece takes this very
important leadership position.
"The Greek presidency will play an important role in ensuring that key
legislative files are taken forward in the Council in the first crucial six
months of 2014," he noted.
On his part, Samaras said "there is no more talk about the Greeks exit
(from the euro) and our recovery is considered imminent from next year. Job
creation and the return to long term sustainable growth is obviously our top
priority. And Greece's come back will be signalled and underlined under the
Greek Presidency." (end)
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