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Greece is on target, premier assures Brussels as EU leaders discuss economic governance
Date 17/09/2010 11:31  Author webmaster  Hits 944  Language Global

17 SEP 2010

By Vasileios Filis/ANA | Kathimerini

Prime Minister George Papandreou faces the media in Brussels yesterday before talks with European Union leaders on Greece’s progress in tackling its debt crisis and plans to create an EU task force for economic governance.

Arriving in Brussels yesterday for talks with his European Union counterparts, who have contributed to a multibillion-euro rescue plan for Greece, Prime Minister George Papandreou declared that his government was progressing slowly but surely with difficult reforms.

“We are on the right track and, although the course is a tough one, we are making real progress and pushing through real changes,” Papandreou told reporters upon his arrival at the European Commission’s headquarters.

EU heads of state discussed a range of subjects at the summit, including Greece’s progress in pushing through reforms as well as France’s controversial evictions of members of its Roma community from settlements. The matter of Greece’s debt problems was somewhat overshadowed by the Roma evictions, which drew widespread criticism from heads of state. But Greece was also expected to come under some pressure, as certain EU member states, including Germany, are believed to be in favor of the stricter monitoring of the government’s progress in collecting revenue and curbing spending.

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