“Greeks paid a heavy price” President tells EU Commissioner

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The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos received EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici at the Presidential Mansion on Wednesday, reminding him that the people of Greece paid a heavy price in sacrifices for things that were not their responsibility.

The President noted and expressed appreciation for Moscovici's support of Greece and termed the forthcoming European Parliamentary elections "a historic challenge" in defending the EU and its prospects.

Pavlopoulos took the opportunity to seize a statement by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that "institutions did not exhibit the solidarity they should have towards Greece, during the critical time".

On his end, Commissioner Moscovici admitted that mistakes had been made both by the IMF and the Commission, and that both he and Juncker had fought to keep Greece "in the heart of the eurozone, to be a normal country."

This, he said, had been achieved, even though reforms must continue. He also said that a post-memorandum task force would visit Greece within the next few days, which he discussed earlier with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.