PM Meets Schulz, Says Greece and EU Should Discuss 'Mutually Beneficial Solution'
Friday, 30 January 2015
There will be a new relationship of trust between post-memorandum Greece and the European Union, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday after his meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Athens.
Tsipras said that the new government had a plan for sweeping reforms that will address the root causes of the crisis in Greece and he stressed the need for talks on a comprehensive and mutually beneficial solution, adding that this was something that needed time.
Schulz, in his own statement, said that he had rarely had such a sincere and substantive discussion and noted that there was agreement on many issues but also others that demanded further discussion. Schulz expressed satisfaction that fighting tax evasion will be the government's top priority and also for the fact that the new government will not take any unilateral actions but seek to promote its positions through discussion.
Tsipras also presented Schulz with a programme of sweeping reforms and priorities, which aims to start talks with Greece’s international lenders on a completely new footing.
A small but important part of the conversation focused on Greece’s stance on the crisis in Ukraine, government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis told reporters.
He also referred to the meeting of EU’s foreign ministers which is underway in Brussels adding that Greece’s stance is to serve national interests and maintain stability in the wider region.