Prime Minister Antonis Samaras outlined the priorities of the forthcoming Greek EU Presidency in Brussels, stressing his satisfaction that the country's EU Presidency coincides with the recovery of the Greek economy after six years of recession, the Athens News Agency – Macedonian Press Agency reported.
Samaras noted the new challenges in Europe's security and defence and welcomed the adoption of measures against illegal migration, underlining the importance of involving third countries, the news agency said. In practice, this means engaging in information exchange with the use of satellite communication, involvement of the migrants' countries of origin, greater solidarity within the EU and measures against networks involved in migrant-trafficking, he said.
The SMEs' access to loans and youth unemployment will be among the issues that will top the agenda of the Greek EU Presidency, alongside the economic and monetary union (EMU), banking union in particular.
Samaras also underlined the importance of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project that will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.