Samaras and Venizelos discussed shipyards, troika talks and banks
The 10am meeting between the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos ended around noon, with the government Vice President commenting that “we have achieved huge accomplishments, which must lead to the recognition of the Greek people’s sacrifices and to a permanent exit from the situation the country is in”.
The Prime Minister and the Vice President discussed the latest developments at the shipyards along with the Minister of National Defense Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Minister of Growth Kostis Hatzidakis.
When asked about the troika’s return to Athens, Mr. Venizelos explained that will be determined soon enough. Journalists also asked Mr. Venizelos whether the distance separating Greece and the troika is closing, with Mr. Venizelos responding that there shouldn’t be any distance, in his opinion.
Mr. Samaras and Mr. Venizelos also discussed the recapitalization of banks. The coalition government’s aim is to expedite procedures in order to come to a deal with the troika by mid February, in order to collect the next loan installment after the Eurogroup in March.