Meeting with the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Mr R. Gualtieri

The Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, met today with the Chairman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Head of the European Parliament’s Working Group on Monitoring the Greek program, Roberto Gualieri.

The positive developments were discussed regarding the Greek economy and the successful completion of the second evaluation according to the recent Eurogroup’s decision. The Prime Minister pointed out the positive reaction of the international financial markets and the setting of Greek bond spreads at the lowest levels since the beginning of the crisis, developments that bring closer the country’s access to the markets. This goal is crucial but not the ulterior, the Prime Minister clarified, as the government’s ultimate goal is to bring the economy back to normality, to replenish the losses regarding social rights, meet the needs created by the crisis, giving priority to those most affected by it and, of course, the recovery of employment.

In addition, access to markets will be a signal for investment and job creation. As a matter of utmost importance, the Prime Minister stressed the reference of the Eurogroup’s decision concerning the completion of the Greek program in the summer of 2018, and thanked for the European Parliament’s contribution towards this direction.

Mr. Gualtieri described both the exit to the markets and the successful completion of the program as absolutely achievable and realistic goals and pointed out the importance of the reconstruction of the country’s productive base.